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Public Health at the Border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, 1890–1940

African Experiences in a Contested Space


Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Francis Dube
    Pages 1-29
  3. Life and Health Before the Border

  4. Life and Health with the Border

  5. The Border and Public Health

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-258

About this book


This book is the first major work to explore the utility of the border as a theoretical, methodological, and interpretive construct for understanding colonial public health by considering African experiences in the Zimbabwe-Mozambique borderland. It examines the impact of colonial public health measures such as medical examinations/inspections, vaccinations, and border surveillance on African villagers in this borderland. The book asks whether the conjunction of a particular colonized society, a distinctive kind of colonialism, and a particular territorial border generated reluctance to embrace public health because of certain colonial circumstances which impeded the acceptance of therapeutic alternatives that were embraced by colonized people elsewhere. It asks historians to look elsewhere for similar kinds of histories involving racialized application of public health policies in colonial borderlands.


Border studies African Borderlands Epidemics Ebola Disease in Africa Shona people Western medicine Zimbabwe Mozambique cross-border health issues

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History, Geography, and Museum StudiesMorgan State UniversityBaltimoreUSA

About the authors

Francis Dube is Associate Professor of History at Morgan State University, USA. He specializes in the history of the environment and health in Southern Africa. Before joining Morgan State University, he was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Public Health at the Border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, 1890–1940
  • Book Subtitle African Experiences in a Contested Space
  • Authors Francis Dube
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-47534-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-47537-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-47535-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Sub-Saharan Africa
    History of Medicine
    Imperialism and Colonialism
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