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Muted Memories: Heritage-Making, Bagamoyo, and the East African Caravan Trade

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Muted Memories

Heritage-Making, Bagamoyo, and the East African Caravan Trade

Jan Lindström

398 pages, 17 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-172-7 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (August 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-173-4 eBook

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“This work is a substantial contribution to an improved interpretation of the commercial activities that linked Central and East Africa historically. Recommended.” • Choice

“This book is recommended for those who want to know more about the complexities of heritage-making processes and the important consequences these have for our understanding of the (hi)stories of the slave trade and other trades and trade routes in East Africa and beyond.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

“This a unique case study of a contemporary process of heritagization in Bagamoyo, Tanzania… [and] at the same time an impressive in-depth historical account.” • Ruy Llera Blanes, University of Gothenburg


In the late nineteenth century, tens of thousands of porters carried ivory every year from the African interior to Bagamoyo, a port town at the Indian Ocean. In the opposite direction, they carried millions of meters of cloth, manufactured in the USA, Europe, and India. This book examines the centrality of the caravan trade, both culturally and economically, to Bagamoyo’s development and cosmopolitan character, while also exploring how this history was silenced when Bagamoyo was instead branded as a slave route town in 2006 in an attempt to qualify it for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Jan Lindström is a teacher and researcher in social anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. From 1980-1990 he held the post of Senior Anthropologist at the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Health, and from 1996-2002 he was Socio-Cultural Analyst at the Swedish Embassy in Tanzania.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Heritage StudiesDevelopment Studies
Area: Africa


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