Domesticating the wilderness: Portuguese engineering and the occupation of Africa

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This chapter aims at showing how engineers were pivotal to the occupation of the Portuguese colonies in Africa during the 19th century. After the Berlin Conference the so-called technologies of the land (railways, roads, harbors) were one of the main tools for securing and conquering the wealthy African territories. Portugal, a peripheral European country, had to develop its own strategy in order keep its colonies against the voracious appetite of Britain, France, and Germany.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationJogos de Identidade: os engenheiros entre a formação e a acção/ Les enjeux identitaires des ingénieurs: entre la formation et l’action/ The quest for a professional dentity: engineers between trianing and action
EditorsA. Cardoso de Matos, M.P. Diogo, I. Gouzévith, A. Grelon
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherColibri and École des Hautes Études en Sciences
ISBN (Print)978-972-772-879-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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