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Into Africa: The Imperial Life of Margery Perham

Into Africa: The Imperial Life of Margery Perham
C. Brad Faught

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In the long history of the British Empire there are few stories as singular as that of Margery Perham. From the moment she first set foot on African soil in 1921, to her death over sixty years later, Perham was focused on the ways and means of Britain's administration of its African domains. She acquired an unrivalled expertise in all aspects of this branch of empire: its systems of governance and those who administered them; its economic impact; its geo-strategic implications and its effect on Africans, including their sense of nationalism and attitudes towards the end of empire. She spent a long and varied career exploring the continent as a traveller, academic, prolific author, and high-level government policy adviser. In later years, Dame Margery Perham, as she became in 1965, was Britain's best-known voice on the end of empire and African independence. In this new biography, the first of its kind and based primarily on Perham's extensive private papers, C. Brad Faught tells her life story in all its richness while throwing fresh light on Britain's twentieth-century imperial experience.

Author Info

C. Brad Faught is Associate Professor of History at Tyndale University College, Toronto. He holds a MSt in British and Commonwealth History from St Antony's College, Oxford, and a PhD from The University of Toronto. He specialises in Imperial History and Politics, but also in the relationship between Christianity and Imperialism. He is the author of 'The New A-Z of Empire' (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming 2011); 'Gordon: Victorian Hero' and 'The Oxford Movement: A Thematic History of the Tractarians'.


'The first stop for any reader curious to learn more about one of the 20th century’s most significant voices on Empire.'
Helen McCarthy, Reviews in History

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848854901
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2011
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 16 b/w integrated, 2 maps

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