African Histories and Modernities

Victoria Falls and Colonial Imagination in British Southern Africa

Turning Water into Gold

Authors: Arrington-Sirois, Andrea L.

  • Appeals to cultural historians, historians of southern Africa, religious historians, and historians of colonization and imperialism
  • Examines the tourist history of British Southern Africa as a cultural touchstone
  • Includes rare maps and images 
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This is the first full- length historical analysis of Victoria Falls. The text offers a critical examination of Victoria Falls providing new insight into the British Southern African project and reveals how Victoria Falls became one of the first modern African tourist destinations. This book makes a case for a critical reading of Victoria Falls as much more than a localized natural wonder.  Europeans with multiple and often competing agendas, as well as African leaders and laborers were brought into contact with one another at Victoria Falls.  Their visions of the past and hopes for the future shared Victoria Falls as a common point of inspiration.  The value these parties placed on the Falls extended far beyond its location on the Zambezi and had broad implications for the British Empire in Southern and Central Africa. 

About the authors

Andrea L Arrington is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana State University, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Toward a Transcolonial History of Victoria Falls

    Arrington-Sirois, Andrea L.

    Pages 1-17

  • “A Cataract on the Zambezi”: The Waterfalls in Precolonial Context

    Arrington-Sirois, Andrea L.

    Pages 19-58

  • Lewanika’s Scramble for Africa: Barotseland and the British South Africa Company

    Arrington-Sirois, Andrea L.

    Pages 59-103

  • Staking Their Claim: White Settlement at Victoria Falls

    Arrington-Sirois, Andrea L.

    Pages 105-141

  • Performing Europe or Redefining African: The African Social Life of a Colonial Town

    Arrington-Sirois, Andrea L.

    Pages 143-178

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59693-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59691-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Victoria Falls and Colonial Imagination in British Southern Africa
Book Subtitle
Turning Water into Gold
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59693-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59693-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59691-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 291
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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