This volume seeks to identify and examine two categories of colonial and postcolonial knowledge production about Africa. These two broad categories are "environment" and "landscape," and both are useful and problematic to explore. Discussions about African environments often concentrate on Africans as perpetrators of their own land, causing degradation from lack of knowledge and technology. "Landscape" defines the category of knowledge produced by foreigners about Africa, where Africans remain part of the scenery and yield no agency over their surroundings. To flesh out these categories and explore their creation and how they have been deployed to shape colonial and postcolonial discourses on Africa, this volume investigates the "technological pastoral," the points of convergence and conflict between Western notions of pastoral Africa and the introduction of colonial technology, scientific ideas and commodification of land and animals.

chapter |18 pages


Landscapes, Environments and Technology—Looking Out, Looking Back
ByEmily Brownell, Toyin Falola

part I|65 pages

Commodifying Nature and Constructing Landscapes

chapter 1|21 pages

Chimpanzees in the Colonial Maelstrom

Struggles over Knowledge, Race and Commodities in the Gabonese Primate Trade, c. 1850–1940
ByJeremy Rich

chapter 2|20 pages

Appraising Nature

Pastoralist Practice, Hunting Logics and Landscape Ideology in Colonial Southern Africa
ByLaura J. Mitchell

chapter 3|22 pages

The Railway in Colonial East Africa

Colonial Iconography and African Appropriation of a New Technology
ByChristiane Reichart-Burikukiye

part II|85 pages

Colonized Environments

chapter 4|33 pages

Science, Technology and the African Woman During (British) Colonization, 1916–1960

The Case of Bamenda Province
ByBridget A. Teboh

chapter 5|28 pages

Western Biomedicine and Colonialism

The Church Missionary Society Medical Mission in the Lake Victoria Basin
ByHannington Ochwada

chapter 6|22 pages

The Price of “Modernity”?

Western Railroad Technology and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Nigeria
ByTokunbo A. Ayoola

part III|100 pages

Cultivation and Conservation

chapter 8|26 pages

Cattle in British Southern Cameroons

Innovations in Grazing and Environmental Control 1916–1960
ByEmmanuel M. Mbah

chapter 9|20 pages

The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Conservation in Africa

The Case of the Abaluyia of Western Kenya
ByMaurice Amutabi

part IV|62 pages

Postcolonial African Landscapes

chapter 12|20 pages

Health Transitions and Environmental Change in Contemporary Africa

ByKathryn H. Jacobsen

chapter 13|17 pages

Growing a Global Green Economy

Getting Africa Prepared to Lend a Hand
ByRubin Patterson

chapter IV|5 pages


Environmental Crisis and Development
ByEmily Brownell