Copper Empire: Mining and the Colonial State in Northern Rhodesia, c.1930-64

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

byLarry Butler

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This is a study of the evolving relationship between the British colonial state and the copper mining industry in Northern Rhodesia, from the early stages of development to decolonization, encompassing depression, wartime mobilization and fundamental changes in the nature and context of colonial rule. It explores the vital importance of Northern Rhodesian copper to British economic and strategic interests, and to Britain's ambitious post-war plans to integrate its Central African territories. Among the key themes addressed are contemporary debates on the ownership of mineral resources and on the colonial state's responsibility to promote and control mining development and the wealth it generated.

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This is a study of the evolving relationship between the British colonial state and the copper mining industry in Northern Rhodesia, from the early stages of development to decolonization, encompassing depression, wartime mobilization and fundamental changes in the nature and context of colonial rule. It explores the vital importance o...

LARRY BUTLER was educated at the Polytechnic of North London and King’s College London, UK. He has taught at the University of East Anglia since 2002. Among his previous publications are Industrialisation and the British Colonial State: West Africa, 1939-1951 and Britain and Empire: Adjusting to a Post-Imperial World

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230555268

ISBN - 13:9780230555266

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Table of Contents

Maps * Introduction * The Colonial State and the Development of the Copperbelt * Wartime mobilisation * The Post-war Commodity Boom (1946-1953) * The Debate on Controlling the Mining Industry (1939-1952) * The Copperbelt and the Central African Federation (1949-1957) * The Demise of the Federation * The Mining Industry and Zambian Independence * Postscript: Northern Rhodesian Copper Mining: The Prospects at Independence * Conclusion

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"Butler has marshalled an impressive amount of archival material.... [Copper Empire] is quite simply the standard work on the economic history of the Zambian Copperbelt during the colonial era, and all future economic histories of Zambia will be measured in terms of their position vis-a-vis Copper Empire." --Jan-Bart Gewald, African Studies Center, Leiden