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1. People, Mines And Cars: Towards A Revision Of Zambian History, 1890-1930

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This chapter introduces the different forms of human muscle-powered transport that existed prior to the introduction of mechanized transport. It discusses the implications of the introduction of motor vehicles for these African societies. The chapter shows that Zambian rural impoverishment in the 1920s and 1930s was a consequence of a change in modes of transport and the collapse in long-distance trading networks based on human labour power. The train had a tremendous impact on societies across the world. In 1905 the railway bridge across the Zambezi River at the Victoria Falls was completed and, after this, the territories that would make up Zambia came to be linked by rail to the ports of South Africa and Mozambique.

Keywords: motor vehicles; Mozambique; South Africa; train; Zambia



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