Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History 1441155406, 9781441155405

How did rivers contribute to the economic and political development of modern Africa? How did African and European notio

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Table of contents :
Contents
List of figures
Preface and acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: Harnessing Africa’s waters
Part One: From the river’s edge
2 Unpredictable blessings: Life along the Rufiji River, Tanzania
3 Mapping a continent: British exploration of the Niger R
Part Two: Colonizing Africa’s rivers
4 Greening the fields: Agricultural development during the colonial period
5 Electrifying the Empire: Debates about power production in Africa
Part Three: The changing value of rivers
6 The damming of Africa: Converting African water to hydropower
7 Thirsty cities: Urbanization and the changing values of African rivers
Epilogue: Managing Africa’s rivers in the twenty-first century
Historical glossary
Bibliography
Index

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