Colonial Railways and Conflict Resolution Between Portugal and the United Kingdom in Africa (c. 1880–early 1900s)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

In the 1870s, Portugal transferred the public works program it was undertaking on the mainland – in which railways played a decisive role – to its African colonies of Angola and Mozambique. In this strategy, the United Kingdom was an obvious partner, given the historical connection between both nations and the geographical proximity between the colonies each country had in Africa. However, British and Portuguese imperial agendas could easily clash, as both London and Lisbon coveted the same areas of Africa. Hence, the initial and apparent cooperation rapidly evolved to a situation of conflict. In this paper, I aim to analyse three instances of dispute between Portugal and Britain about colonial railways in Angola and Mozambique. I will use the methodological tools of conflict resolution analysis in a historical perspective and the concept of track-two diplomacy within the framework of technodiplomacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-105
JournalHost - Journal of History of Science and Technology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • technodiplomacy
  • track-two diplomacy
  • railways
  • scramble for Africa
  • Angola
  • Mozambique

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Colonial Railways and Conflict Resolution Between Portugal and the United Kingdom in Africa (c. 1880–early 1900s)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this