King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen Victorian Britain Through African Eyes

ISBN-10: 0226647455

ISBN-13: 9780226647456

Edition: 1998

Authors: Neil Parsons

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In 1895 three African chiefs, dressed in the finest British clothing available, began a tour of the British Isles. That tour foiled Cecil Rhodes' grand plan for Africa and culminated in the Chamberlain Settlement, the document that indirectly led to the independence of present-day Botswana. King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen is the story of this bizarre journey, one of the most neglected events in British Victorian history, here revealed for the first time in its full detail and cultural complexity. The chiefs initially went to England to persuade Queen Victoria not to give their lands to ruthless Rhodes and his British South Africa Company. Abandoned by the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Joseph Chamberlain, and denied an audience with the queen, the three rulers decided to tour the British Isles to plead their case to the populace. Appealing to the middle-class morality of Victorian society, the chiefs were remarkably successful in gaining support, eventually swaying Chamberlain into drafting the agreement that secured their territories against the encroachment of Rhodesia. Historian Neil Parsons has reconstructed this journey with the help of African archival materials and news clippings from British papers, garnered from the clippings service the chiefs had the foresight to employ. In equal parts narrative of pilgrimage, voyage of discovery, and colonial resistance, King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen provides a view from the other side of colonialism and imperialism. It demonstrates the nuances of cultural and religious interaction between Africans and Europeans, and it does so with the richness and depth of a fully realized novel.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/3/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Terminology
Introduction: Epiphany on Clifton Bridge
Then Let Us All be Philistines
A Trinity of Dusky Kings
Another Sphere of Existence
We See You with Our Eyes
Besieged by a Curious Crowd
A Kind of Middle-Class Royalty
The Day a King Came to Enderby
They are Strong and We are Weak
The Fountain Whence Came the Missionaires
A Thing to Look at with the Teeth
In Every Town we have Found Friends
Khama Will Play the Old Gooseberry
Chamberlain's Settlement
Rhodes Beaten by Three Canting Natives
I Had No Idea She Was So Small
Dr. Jameson, You Have Got a Smooth Tongue Conclusion: Half a Loaf?
Appendix: Ballads of the 1895 Tour
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