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Dams, Displacement and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007 (New African Histories)


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andbull; Winner of the American Historical Associationandrsquo;s 2014 Martin A. Klein Prize in African History

andbull; Finalist for the African Studies Associationandrsquo;s 2014 Melville J. Herskovits Award for best book in African Studies

Cahora Bassa Dam on the Zambezi River, built in the early 1970s during the final years of Portuguese rule, was the last major infrastructure project constructed in Africa during the turbulent era of decolonization. Engineers and hydrologists praised the dam for its technical complexity and the skills required to construct what was then the worldandrsquo;s fifth-largest mega-dam. Portuguese colonial officials cited benefits they expected from the damandthinsp;andmdash;andthinsp;from expansion of irrigated farming and European settlement, to improved transportation throughout the Zambezi River Valley, to reduced flooding in this area of unpredictable rainfall. andldquo;The project, however, actually resulted in cascading layers of human displacement, violence, and environmental destruction. Its electricity benefited few Mozambicans, even after the former guerrillas of FRELIMO (Frente de Libertaandccedil;andatilde;o de Moandccedil;ambique) came to power; instead, it fed industrialization in apartheid South Africa.andrdquo; (Richard Roberts)

This in-depth study of the region examines the dominant developmentalist narrative that has surrounded the dam, chronicles the continual violence that has accompanied its existence, and gives voice to previously unheard narratives of forced labor, displacement, and historical and contemporary life in the damandrsquo;s shadow.

About the Author

Allen F. Isaacman, Regents Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Western Cape, is the author of seven books, including Mozambique: The Africanization of a European Institution, The Zambezi Prazos, 1750andndash;1902 (winner of the Melville J. Herskovits Award for the most distinguished publication in African Studies, 1972) and Cotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work, and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique 1938andndash;1961 (Herskovits Award finalist, 1997). He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, among others.

Barbara S. Isaacman, a retired criminal defense attorney, lived and taught law in Mozambique at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane as Professor of Law in the late 1970s. She wrote Women, the Law and Agrarian Reform in Mozambique, and co-wrote several monographs on the history of Mozambique.

Table of Contents

and#149; List of Illustrations

and#149; Acknowledgments

and#149; Abbreviations

and#149; Cahora Bassa Timeline

and#149; Chapter 1: Introduction

Cahora Bassa in Broader Perspective

and#149; Chapter 2: The Zambezi River Valley in Mozambican History

An Overview

and#149; Chapter 3: Harnessing the River

High Modernism and Building the Dam, 1965and#150;75

and#149; Chapter 4: Displaced People

Forced Eviction and Life in the Protected Villages, 1970and#150;75

and#149; Chapter 5: The Lower Zambezi

Remaking Nature, Transforming the Landscape, 1975and#150;2007

and#149; Chapter 6: Displaced Energy

and#149; Chapter 7: Legacies 167

and#149; Notes

and#149; Glossary of Select Local Terms

and#149; Bibliography

and#149; Index

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Isaacman, Allen F.
Ohio University Press
Isaacman, Barbara S.
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