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Africa's Freedom Railway : How a Chinese Development Project Changes Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania - Jamie Monson

Africa's Freedom Railway

How a Chinese Development Project Changes Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania

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Published: 23rd February 2009
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The TAZARA (Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority), or Freedom Railway, from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast to the Copperbelt region of Zambia, was instrumental in fostering one of the most sweeping development transitions in postcolonial Africa. Built during the height of the Cold War, the railway was intended to redirect the mineral wealth of the interior away from routes through South Africa and Rhodesia. Rebuffed by Western aid agencies, newly independent Tanzania and Zambia accepted help from China to construct what would become one of Africa's most vital transportation corridors. The book follows the railroad from design and construction to its daily use as a vital means for moving villagers and goods. It tells a story of how transnational interests contributed to environmental change, population movements, and the rise of local and regional enterprise.

Introduction -- Railway visions -- Building the people's railway -- Living along the railway -- The ordinary train -- Landscape visions -- Conclusion -- Appendixes: 1. Eight principles governing China's economic and technical aid to other countries -- 2. Parcel shipments to and from selected rail stations, 1998-2000 -- 3. Land cover change, Kilombero valley study area.

ISBN: 9780253002815
ISBN-10: 0253002818
Audience: General
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 23rd February 2009
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US