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Africa's Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania
by Jamie Monson
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 post-colonial Africa. Built during the height of the Cold War, the railway was intended to redirect the mineral wealth of the interior away from ...more
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Indiana University Press
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Lucid, clearly written account of the construction of TAZARA, the main railway in Tanzania, as a joint Tanzanian-Chinese-Zambian project in the 1970s. Monson examines not just the process of the construction, but its consequences for local development and its symbolism as a high-profile development effort undertaken by two developing countries. It's a little workaday, though, and probably not going to be picked up by someone who doesn't have a pre-existing interest in African history or in ...more