Michael Langley

The Last Journey of Mungo Park

Michael Langley describes how Park’s second journey of exploration down the River Niger was ended by his mysterious death at Bussa.

Nansen of the Fram

Scientist and, later, international statesman, Nansen embarked upon his great polar voyage in 1893, writes Michael Langley.

The Historical Roots of the Rhodesian Problem

Michael Langley writes that the enterprise of Rhodes and the creation of a white community in Central Africa were preceded by centuries of conflict between Europeans, Arabs and migrating Bantu.

The Genesis of Modern Zambia, 1890-1914

Michael Langley describes how missionary endeavour, the ambition of Cecil Rhodes and the technology of mining engineers combined to create the background of modern Zambia.

Shackleton in the Antarctic, 1914-1916

“Not histrionics but steady and constant leadership saved Shackleton and his men”. Michael Langley finds that the great explorer’s skill and courage rescued a whole expedition from disaster after a struggle that lasted nearly two years.