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Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies

The Impoverishment of the African Red Sea Littoral, 1640–1945

Authors: Serels, Steven

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  • Recovers the pre-colonial history of pastoralism in the African Red Sea Littoral, tracing links between this history and present-day poverty in the region
  • Offers a novel regional approach to the study of pastoralist history, focusing on a set of communities with shared patterns of human-environment interaction
  • Examines the factors which led to the decline of pastoralism in northeastern Africa, including environmental disaster, the decline of social relations, colonial rule, and changing global economic conditions 
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The African Red Sea Littoral, currently divided between Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, is one of the poorest regions in the world. But the pastoralist communities indigenous to this region were not always poor—historically, they had access to a variety of resources that allowed them to prosper in the harsh, arid environment. This access was mediated by a robust moral economy of pastoralism that acted as a social safety net. Steven Serels charts the erosion of this moral economy, a slow-moving process that began during the Little Ice Age mega-drought of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and continued through the devastating famines of the twentieth century. By examining mass sedentarization after the Second World War as merely the latest manifestation of an inter-generational environmental and economic crisis, this book offers an innovative lens for understanding poverty in northeastern Africa.

About the authors

Steven Serels holds a joint appointment as Research Fellow at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien at Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, USA. His first monograph is titled Starvation and the State: Famine, Slavery, and Power in Sudan, 1883–1956 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

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“The geographical expanse and ethnic diversity of northeastern Africa and the adjoining Red Sea Littoral defy most scholarly efforts to produce a balanced historical account of the region’s pastoralist communities. This book overcomes these barriers to offer a masterful history of the development of poverty in these communities against the backdrop of environmental and socio-cultural change. For historians, anthropologists, and scholars of development studies and ethnic studies, this book will prove an invaluable resource.” (Martin S. Shanguhyia, Associate Professor of African History, Syracuse University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Becoming Poor

    Serels, Steven

    Pages 1-29

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  • Survival by Conversion, 1640–1840

    Serels, Steven

    Pages 31-53

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  • Divided and Conquered, 1840–1883

    Serels, Steven

    Pages 55-73

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  • War, Disease, Famine, Destruction, 1883–1893

    Serels, Steven

    Pages 75-99

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  • An Unequal Recovery, 1893–1913

    Serels, Steven

    Pages 101-129

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Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-94165-3
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 73,84 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94164-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Impoverishment of the African Red Sea Littoral, 1640–1945
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94165-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94165-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94164-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 204
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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