publication . Article . 1989

Historisch overzicht van de spoorwegen in West-Afrika

J. Van Criekinge;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1989 Journal: Afrika Focus (issn: 0772-084X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Gents Afrika Platform, Afrika Brug
The present day railway system in West Africa is the result of the transportpolicy developed by the colonial powers (France, Great Britain and Germany) at the end of the 19th century. lt is remarkable that no network of railways, like in Southern Africa, was brought about. The colonial railways in West Africa were built by the State or by a joint-stock company within the borders of one colony to export the raw materials from the production centres to the harbours. Nevertheless railways were built for more than economical grounds only, in West Africa they had to accomplish a strategic and military role by "opening Africa for the European civilization". Hargreaves...
free text keywords: Bibliographical Survey, Colonial History, Economic and Demographic Consequences, Railway Development, West Africa, Agriculture, S, Social Sciences, H
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