9781137268761

Light and Power for a Multiracial Nation The Kariba Dam Scheme in the Central African Federation

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    9781137268761

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    113726876X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

The Kariba Dam, stretching across the Zambezi River between today's Zambia and Zimbabwe, was one of the most famous development projects in Africa in the late 1950s. As a producer of abundant and cheap power, Kariba was to boost the economy of the newly established Central African Federation. The book shows how the dam project crystallised both the hopes and the flaws of the Federation, a highly controversial experiment of 'multiracial' nation-building by which the British colonial power meant to appease both settler and African aspirations for independence. The author sketches the perspectives of a great variety of people involved in the Kariba project, including World Bank experts, colonial administrators, the local population, nationalist politicians, and the workers building the dam. By drawing out what these different groups imagined a 'developed nation' to be like and how they tried to put their visions into practice, the study provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most pervasive ideologies of the twentieth century. Refraining from both uncritical praise and blanket condemnations, the author draws out the fundamental ambivalence at the heart of modernisation, oscillating between empowerment and domination.

Author Biography

Julia Tischler is a Researcher in African History at the International Research Center 'Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History' at Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany. Her PhD dissertation, on which her monograph is based, received the Hedwig-Hintze-Prize for the best doctoral thesis in History, awarded every two years by the German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I: PLANNING KARIBA
2. Global High Modernism and the Kariba Dam Scheme
3. 'Scientific' Decision-Making?
4. Developing a Powerful White Nation 
5. Negotiating Development: the Kariba Loan Talks
PART II: PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE RESETTLEMENT
6. African Development and the Resettlement Question
7. A Dam Against the 'Primitive': White Discourse about the Gwembe Tonga
8. Renegotiating African Development: the Resettlement in Northern Rhodesia
9. The 'Efficiency' of Settler Rule: the Resettlement in Southern Rhodesia
PART III: INTERVENING IN THE KARIBA DAM PROJECT
10. In the Middle of Development: Hezekiah Habanyama and the Gwembe Tonga Native Authority
11. Struggling with Development: the Perspectives of the Gwembe Tonga
12. A Black Dam for the People: Nationalist and Left-wing Critiques
PART IV: BUILDING THE KARIBA DAM
13. A Microcosm of the Modern Nation: Controlling the Kariba Construction Site
14. Coping, Protesting, Improving their Lives: Kariba's Workers
PART V: THE END OF JOINT DEVELOPMENT: PLANNING LAKE KARIBA
15. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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