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Title:Rinderpest and famine in the eastern Bechuanaland Protectorate: the case of the Bangwato Reserve
Author:Molosiwa, Phuthego Phuthego
Year:2014
Periodical:Contemporary Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:2
Issue:2
Pages:113-136
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:cattle
animal diseases
famine
livelihoods
Abstract:During the late nineteenth century, a pandemic of rinderpest exterminated large numbers of cattle in Southern Africa. Although in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana), the disease killed cattle only for two years, between 1896 and 1897, its effects were to last until the very end of the century. The loss of cattle disrupted subsistence production, disintegrated the social fabric and caused famines. The author examines the subsistence crisis caused by the loss of cattle and the multiple coping mechanisms that people employed to negotiate the ensuing famine. Despite being thrown into a state of desperation, the author argues, rural communities in the Bangwato Reserve appropriated and reconstituted certain features of their cultural and social life to negotiate the ecological shocks, particularly to protect subsistence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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