Whether motivated by the quest for power, riches, or other factors, explorers have searched throughout history to uncover the unknown. Exploration in the Age of Empire, 1750–1953, Revised Edition offers extensive coverage of European exploration and imperial expansion in Africa and Asia, using three themes to recount the experiences and achievements of individual explorers—the motives of the explorers, how changing ideas influenced the conduct and understanding of exploration, and how competition and politics of the European empires were shaped by exploration.
- Dr. David Livingstone's search for the source of the Nile River in the jungles of central Africa in 1871
- The exploration of Central Asia by the competing imperial powers of Russia and Great Britain
- European exploration of the Niger, Nile, Zambezi, and Congo rivers
- The exploration of the Arabian Peninsula
- Altitude sickness and oxygen technology.
Full-color and black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Chronology and timeline. Sidebars. Bibliography. Glossary. Further resources. Web sites. Index.
About the Author(s)
Kevin Patrick Grant holds an A.B. with high honors in history from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of A Civilised Savagery: Britain and the New Slaveries in Africa, 1884-1926 and a variety of essays on the history of the British Empire. Grant was the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, Mellon Foundation, and American Historical Association. A member of the American Historical Association and North American British Studies Association, he is an associate professor at Hamilton College.