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Title: Claiming Kilimanjaro : geography, history and verticality
Author: Todd Fordham, Florence
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 8357
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2015
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The focus of this thesis is on the verticality of Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Northern Tanzania. Exploring the mountain from its first European sighting in 1848 to the present day, this thesis employs the vertical as a means through which to analyse a complicated narrative of local tribes, explorers, colonial administrators. Native Cooperative Unions, socialism and post-colonial policies, In order to analyse Kilimanjaro through this vertical approach, this thesis adopts a Humboldtian method, looking at Kilimanjaro as a series of diverse and interconnecting altitudinal layers, with different politics and land uses played out in each. in this way, each empirical chapter explores the mountain's entire vertical scope: from the small town of Moshi at the base, to the snow-capped summit. This vertical approach facilitates a means through which to combine and evaluate complex stories, telling seemingly contradictory stories gathered from the archives and interviews, in one clear narrative of Kilimanjaro. In recent literature on verticality, the term has often been employed to refer to security and urban places. This thesis uses the term in a different register, highlighting the need for vertical geography to once again adopt a more rural agenda. My research hopes to contribute to these literatures, approaching verticality from a rural landscape perspective, with Kilimanjaro, as the highest free-standing mountain in the world, forming the greatest global example of vertical variation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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