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Out of WarViolence, Trauma, and the Political Imagination in Sierra Leone$
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Mariane C. Ferme

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294370

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294370.001.0001

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Inscriptions on the Wall

Inscriptions on the Wall

Chinese Material Traces in the Landscape

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Out of War

Mariane C. Ferme

University of California Press

Drawing on the image of a “Chinese Store” in the author’s photographic archive, this chapter addresses past traces of Chinese presences in remote reaches of the rural landscape of Sierra Leone—and in commodities widely circulating in the country—in contrast to the more monumental scale of present-day Chinese projects in African states. Here Cold War alliances and competing interests of two Chinas (Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China) superimpose themselves on an archaeology of Chinese presence in West Africa that reaches back to the long term.

Keywords:   China-Africa mutual representations, friend-enemy politics, Cold War agrarian politics, historical palimpsests, comparative etiologies of health and disease

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