n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - ,,Der Wissenschaft und meinem Vaterlande ersprießliche Dienste leisten"
Emil Holub : Südafrika-Reisen am Rande der Wissenschaftsparadigmen

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



Emil Holub (1847-1902) published two extensive works on his two stays in southern Africa in the 1870s and 1880s respectively, and on the various expeditions into the interior that he undertook on these occasions. Both reveal traits that can be regarded as typical for the discourse of exploration and conquest, even though he did not travel in the service of any of the major colonial powers scrambling for position at the time. Here, his justificatory strategies and his compulsive practice of collecting are analysed as features characteristic of, on the one hand, the explorer as entrepreneur and, on the other, the explorer as epitome of the aporias of the so-called civilizing process.

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