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Conquest Of Nature: Imperial Political Ecologies

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A political ecology focus builds on the premise that actions relating to the environment ultimately are dominated or inspired by political and power considerations. In 1920s, Hahn, became the Native Commissioner of the South African controlled parts of the Ovambo floodplain, a position he retained until his retirement. Eedes, his successor, may have manipulated the foot and mouth scare in part to get even with Hahn, his long-time rival who also claimed to be the leading expert on Ovamboland. Eedes must have felt as if Providence was on his side because a renewed foot and mouth outbreak, this time in the Okavango Native Territory due east of Ovamboland added a sense of urgency, justifying radical and rapid action. The impact of the political ecology of insecurity and the repercussions of successive regimes of indirect and direct environmental rule had dramatic consequences in north-central Namibia and elsewhere in the colonized world.

Keywords: Eedes; foot and mouth; Hahn; Namibia; Okavango; Ovamboland; political ecology; South African



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