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The Travels of Robert Lyall, 1790–1831

Scottish Surgeon, Naturalist and British Agent to the Court of Madagascar

Authors: Campbell, Gwyn

  • Offers a unique perspective on an under-examined period of Madagascar's history
  • Presents original research that aids our understanding of the Merina kingdom, and explains growing British interest in Madagascar
  • Appeals to scholars of Madagascar, African, and British Imperial history
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This book explores the life of Robert Lyall, surgeon, botanist, voyager, British Agent to the court of Madagascar. Born the year of the French Revolution, Lyall grew up in politically radical Paisley, Scotland, before studying medicine, in Edinburgh, Manchester, and subsequently St. Petersburg, Russia. His criticism of the Tsar and Russian aristocracy led to an abrupt departure for London where Lyall became the voice of liberalism and calls for political reform, before appointed British Resident Agent in Madagascar in 1827, representing the interests of the Tory establishment that he had hitherto so roundly castigated. However, Lyall discovered that the Malagasy crown had turned against the British alliance of 1820, his scientific pursuits alienated the local elite, and his efforts to re-establish British influence antagonized the queen, Ranavalona I, who accused Lyall of sorcery and forced him and his burgeoning family to leave for Mauritius where he died an untimely death, of malaria, in 1831.

About the authors

Gwyn Campbell, who was born in Madagascar, and grew up in Wales, holds degrees in economic history from the universities of Birmingham and Wales. He has taught in India, Madagascar, Britain, South Africa, Belgium, France, and Canada where he is Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University. His publications include Africa and the Indian Ocean World from early times to 1900 (Cambridge, 2019), David Griffiths and the Missionary “History of Madagascar” (Brill, 2012), and An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750–1895 (Cambridge, 2005).

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​“Gwyn Campbell has crafted a meticulously researched biography of Robert Lyall.  This is an excellent piece of scholarship about an intriguing figure whose story helps us to understand how Great Britain became involved in Madagascar as well as its relationship with the Merina Kingdom.”—Thomas Anderson, Merrimack College, USA

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eBook 74,89 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Travels of Robert Lyall, 1790–1831
Book Subtitle
Scottish Surgeon, Naturalist and British Agent to the Court of Madagascar
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51648-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51648-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51647-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 417
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
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