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Victoria Falls and Colonial Imagination in British Southern Africa

Turning Water into Gold


  • Appeals to cultural historians, historians of southern Africa, religious historians, and historians of colonization and imperialism

  • Examines the tourist history of British Southern Africa as a cultural touchstone

  • Includes rare maps and images


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

About this book


This is the first full- length historical analysis of Victoria Falls. The text offers a critical examination of Victoria Falls providing new insight into the British Southern African project and reveals how Victoria Falls became one of the first modern African tourist destinations. This book makes a case for a critical reading of Victoria Falls as much more than a localized natural wonder.  Europeans with multiple and often competing agendas, as well as African leaders and laborers were brought into contact with one another at Victoria Falls.  Their visions of the past and hopes for the future shared Victoria Falls as a common point of inspiration.  The value these parties placed on the Falls extended far beyond its location on the Zambezi and had broad implications for the British Empire in Southern and Central Africa. 


Victoria Falls South Africa Zambezi River land rights settler colonialism Africa African African history Britain colonial history Cora Diamond Europe experience history history of literature imagination modern history settlement social life Southern Africa

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA

About the authors

Andrea L Arrington is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana State University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Victoria Falls and Colonial Imagination in British Southern Africa
  • Book Subtitle Turning Water into Gold
  • Authors Andrea L. Arrington-Sirois
  • 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) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59691-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-92806-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59693-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 291
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African History
    History of Britain and Ireland
    History of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Modern History
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