Namibia's Red Line by Giorgio Miescher
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Namibia's Red Line opens a fascinating window into a nation's history by tracing the establishment of an internal border within it. Based on archival sources and oral histories, it recounts the process of border constitution in Namibia from the German military's construction of a temporary veterinary defense line against Rinderpest in the late nineteenth century to the erection of a two-meter-high fence by the South African colonial government sixty years later. The nearly 800-mile-long fence has divided northern and central Namibia up to today. Giorgio Miescher reveals the Red Line's history to be a gradual process aimed at segregating stock and people and constructing dichotomies between modern and traditional, healthy and sick, European and African.