Uma ideia de império no final da monarquia constitucional: As fotos da viagem de D. Luís Filipe às colónias em 1907

Translated title of the contribution: An idea of empire in the end of the constitutional monarchy: The photographs of the voyage of D. Luís Filipe to the colonies in 1907

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Abstract

In 1907, Luís Filipe, heir apparent of Portugal, visited the Portuguese colonies in Africa. The voyage was covered by the Portuguese illustrated press that, together with news about the journey, published several photographs of the locations visited by the prince. In this paper, I analyse a set of pictures published in the journals O Occidente and Illustração Portugueza and I show how they contributed to a visual narrative of progress and modernity of the Portuguese imperial project that illustrated the civilising mission of the Portuguese Empire. I show how the colonies were presented as Europeanised places, with tokens of the technoscientific presence of the mainland (that, however, did not hide a romantic view of the exoticness of the African landscape), including the imposition of European mores over the natives. I aim to add to the debate about the importance of photography to colonial projects, as a tool of Empire.

Translated title of the contributionAn idea of empire in the end of the constitutional monarchy: The photographs of the voyage of D. Luís Filipe to the colonies in 1907
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)245-274
Number of pages30
JournalRevista de Historia das Ideias
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Colonialism
  • History of Technology
  • Illustrated press
  • Representations

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