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'They give me fever': East Coast Fever and other environmental impacts of the Maasai moves

Hughes, Lotte (2010). 'They give me fever': East Coast Fever and other environmental impacts of the Maasai moves. In: Brown, Karen and Gilfoyle, Daniel eds. Healing the Herds: Disease, Livestock Economies, and the Globalization of Veterinary Medicine. Series in Ecology and History. Ohio: Ohio UnIversity Press, pp. 146–162.

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Drawing on Maasai oral testimony as well as archival sources, this chapter discusses the environmental impacts of the forced moves of Maasai in British East Africa in the 1900s, by the British colonial government, in particular the increased incidence of the fatal cattle disease ECF. It argues that ECF was a key factor in the second move (1911-13), and its apparent absence on Laikipia pre-1911 a driver for European settler farmers' desire to occupy this area of the highlands of what became Kenya Colony.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0-8214-1885-8, 978-0-8214-1885-7
Keywords: Maasai; cattle; stock disease; East Coast fever; veterinary science; environment; British colonisers; colonial encounters
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 22135
Depositing User: Lotte Hughes
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2010 10:40
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 14:25
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