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Palgrave Studies in Economic History

Twilight of an Industry in East Africa

Textile Manufacturing, 1830-1940

Authors: Frederick, Katharine

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    • Explores the causes of a decline in textile manufacturing in much of East Africa during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
    • Compares cases of industrial decline in central and southern East Africa with more resilient textile industries in northern East Africa and West Africa
    • Highlights the role of local factors in driving region-specific industrial outcomes

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Cotton textile industries vanished from much of East Africa during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book investigates the underlying causes of industrial arrest in the region through a series of in-depth case studies. Findings are considered in light of existing studies on comparatively more resilient textile centers elsewhere on the continent to derive insights into the determinants of differing industrial trajectories across sub-Saharan Africa. The author argues that scholars have placed undue weight on global forces as the primary drivers of industrial decline in the Global South. Rather, this book reveals how local factors – principally demographic, geographic, and institutional features – interacted with external forces to influence unique regional outcomes during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as sub-Saharan African was increasingly integrated into global trade networks and European colonial empires.

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Katharine Frederick is Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, with a focus on the social and economic history of sub-Saharan Africa.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Africa’s Piece of the Global Textile Puzzle

    Pages 1-35

    Frederick, Katharine

  • An Industry Vanishes: Cotton Cloth Manufacturing in Malawi’s Lower Shire Valley, 1850–1930

    Pages 37-67

    Frederick, Katharine

  • Rise of the Coastal Consumer: Coast-Side Drivers of East Africa’s Cotton Cloth Imports, 1830–1900

    Pages 69-122

    Frederick, Katharine

  • The Limits of the Caravan Trade: Cloth Imports into Interior Central East Africa, c. 1850–1900

    Pages 123-166

    Frederick, Katharine

  • Globalization or Colonial Taxation? Explaining the Decline of Textile Production in Ufipa, Tanzania, c. 1880–1940

    Pages 167-203

    Frederick, Katharine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Twilight of an Industry in East Africa
Book Subtitle
Textile Manufacturing, 1830-1940
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Economic History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43920-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43920-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43919-4
Series ISSN
2662-6497
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 261
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations
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