28/10/2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Prof. Jamie Monson: Building Mao's African Railway: Stories from the Other Cold WarBetween 1968 and 1976, some 40,000 Chinese railway workers traveled to Eastern Africa to participate in the construction of the TAZARA railway. This trans-national railway line, stretching some 1865 km from the Indian Ocean to the Zambian copperbelt, was China’s largest global development intervention at the time. Built in the midst of Pan-African solidarity as well as Cold War rivalry, TAZARA became an enduring symbol of China’s friendship with Africa.
Using oral life history narratives, my project traces the itineraries of the Chinese and African technology workers who joined together to build the “Freedom Railway” in Tanzania and Zambia. These “Cold War Stories” illustrate the ways in which an internationalist modernization project was made mobile through work, at home and abroad.
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