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The Colonial Occupation of Katanga: The Personal Correspondence of Clément Brasseur, 1893-1897

Giacomo Macola


The Colonial Occupation of Katanga consists of a translated and richly annotated edition of the personal correspondence of Lieutenant (later Captain) Clément Brasseur, the military officer in charge of Lofoi, the first post of the Congo Free State in Katanga, between September 1893, the month of his arrival in the region, and November 1897, when his violent life came to a violent end. All of the letters included in the volume are addressed to Brasseur’s elder brother, Désiré, a fellow military officer; most of them take the form of regularly updated journals and travelogues. Brasseur’s dense c ... More

Keywords: Congo Free State, Katanga, Lofoi, Clément Brasseur, Yeke, Mukanda Bantu, correspondence, colonial occupation, violence

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266496
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giacomo Macola, editor
Reader in African History, University of Kent

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Part I Settling in (Sept. 1893–April 1895)

Part II Journeys to the South-West and Lake Mweru (May–Oct. 1895)

Part III Life At Lofoi I (Oct. 1895–May 1896)

Part IV Journey to the Upemba Depression (June–Nov. 1896)

Part V Life at Lofoi II (Nov. 1896–April 1897)

Part VI Journeys to the Lubule & The Upper Lualaba and Luapula Rivers (April–Sept. 1897)

Part VII Last Act (Sept.–Nov. 1897)