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This work analyzes the social and environmental impact of colonial conquest and pacification of Africa through a case study of the Angolan-Namibian borderlands. These areas were exposed to three different systems of colonial expansion: German, Portuguese, and British (South African). This study demonstrates the interactions between social and environmental factors, structures and processes and shows that colonial conquest needs to be acknowledged as a major problem.
It includes in-depth analysis of the late 19th to 20th century processes of social and environmental change at the village, household, and individual levels. It illustrates how refugees managed to restore a workable environment without massive outside aid and despite colonial exactions.
Introduction: Colonial Conquest, Colonial Rule, and Socio-Environmental History
King Haudanu's Ponds: Environment and Society in the Middle and Northern Floodplain, 1879-1896
Making Wilderness: Pestilence, Colonial Conquest, and Famine, 1897-1915
The Divide: Colonial Pacification, Borders, and Population Flight, 1916-1930
Migrant Labor: Investment in Socio-Environmental Recovery, 1900-1960
Millet and Marriage: Domesticating the Middle Floodplain Wilderness, 1930-1960
A Land without Flies: The Frontier Beyond the Floodplain, 1930-1960
The Search for Wilderness: Cattleposts, Cattle Trails, and the Colonial Border, 1930-1960