Colonial and Postcolonial Logistics


Giulia Scotto
Footprint, 2018

This article addresses the logistical aspects of colonial and postcolonial governmental practices and the way in which such practices structured the African territory. In particular, it focuses on Zambia (Northern Rhodesia at time of British domination), a landlocked country located in the centre of Southern Africa, whose historical evolution, since it was conquered at the beginning of the twentieth century, is deeply intertwined with the discovery, extraction and export of copper and with the import of fossil fuel. It does so by presenting a series of episodes of Zambian history, from its foundation until the early postcolonial phase.