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Title:African boundaries: barriers, conduits and opportunities
Editors:Nugent, PaulISNI
Asiwaju, A.I.ISNI
City of publisher:London
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
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Abstract:This collective volume arose from an international conference on African boundaries and borderlands held in May 1993 at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. The chapters all treat one or other aspect of the role of African boundaries as barriers and as conduits. The first part, entitled 'Arcs and lines: myths and realities', with contributions by Simon Katzenellenbogen, Paul Nugent, and Ieuan Griffiths, subjects many of the popular images of African boundaries to closer scrutiny. The second part examines the impact of international frontiers upon pastoral societies in Maasailand, East Africa (Katherine Homewood) and Nigeria (Roger Blench). The third part, entitled 'In search of the cordon sanitaire', groups together three chapters which deal with the use of borders as instruments for the control of human, plant and animal diseases (Maryinez Lyons on Rwandan labour migration in colonial Uganda, Gordon R. Scott on pan-African rinderpest campaigns, and B.M. Gerard on crop health protection). The fourth part considers how boundaries have affected perceptions and actual management of communal and national space (Heike Schmidt with reference to eastern Zimbabwe, Paul Richards with reference to the Sierra Leone-Liberia boundary, A. Essuman-Johnson with reference to Liberian and Sahel refugees in Ghana, and Christopher Clapham on the Horn of Africa). Finally, A.I. Asiwaju draws Western European comparisons in order to assess the extent to which African boundaries are unusual, and together with Paul Nugent, briefly considers their long-term viability in conclusion.