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In January 1935, a railway bridge 2.3 miles long was opened across the Zambesi delta in Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique). 51 years later, it was blown up by anti-government forces fighting with RENAMO. This book, which is based on Portuguese and British archives, brings together politics, diplomacy, economics, labour history and technology to show how this major engineering feat was a disaster of colonial planning. Today, the lower Zambesi bridge is by far the grandest of the ruins of colonial enterprise littering the vast river valley.
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