This panel intends to explore the intertwined economic and financial history of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and neighbouring territories between the 1880s and 1960s.
Economic and financial histories of the colonial period in Central Africa remain few and far between. Understanding how economies in the region developed, functioned and interacted is crucial to understanding the history of the region, yet there are major issues which have not been explored. Existing histories have primarily been conducted on a national basis without a full appreciation of how the histories of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and neighbouring territories have been intertwined, either under the auspices of the Central African Federation or prior to this. Moreover, there has been a focus on labour migration which, while undoubtedly important, has obscured the accompanying emergence and imposition of a cash economy.
We propose a panel examining the entangled economic and financial histories of Central Africa from the 1880s to the 1960s. We welcome papers which address the following topics:
- Regional economic integration and dependence.
- The emergence of the cash economy and the circulation of currency.
- The role of domestic and international capital.
- Extractive industries and imperial influence.