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To Develop the Colonial Estate: The Reasons for British West African Railways

Bruckner, Andrew (2011) To Develop the Colonial Estate: The Reasons for British West African Railways. MA by research thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

This Dissertation is a history of reasons and motivations behind building the first railways in British West Africa. It analysis Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Lagos and Northern Nigeria from the early 1890s to 1906. This is a history not only of the railways but of British imperialism, and helps illustrate its economic nature. This work uses a variety of sources such as government papers, speeches, newspapers, books and journals written around the time of lobbying, planning and construction of these first railways. One of the goals of this paper is to shed more light on a region of the British Empire that has not been dealt with in great quantity and to do so with the intention to further both railway and British imperial history. This dissertation also highlights the different nature of the railways built in British Africa and the importance of studying all of them in order to have the best possible understanding of railway imperialism.

Item Type: Thesis (MA by research)
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email adbruckner@smcm.edu
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 15:14
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:48
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2112

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