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Dams, Displacement and the Delusion of Development Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965 - 2007

ISBN-10: 082142033X
ISBN-13: 9780821420331
Edition: 2013
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 world’s fifth-largest mega-dam. Portuguese colonial officials cited benefits they expected from the dam — 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. “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 Libertação de Moçambique) came to power; instead, it fed industrialization in apartheid South Africa.” (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 dam’s shadow.

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Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Cahora Bassa Timeline
Introduction: Cahora Bassa in Broader Perspective
The Zambezi River Valley in Mozambican History: An Overview
Harnessing the River: High Modernism and Building the Dam, 1965-75
Displaced People: Forced Eviction and Life in the Protected Villages, 1970-75
The Lower Zambezi: Remaking Nature, Transforming the Landscape, 1975-2007
Displaced Energy
Legacies
Notes
Glossary of Select Local Terms
Bibliography
Index

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