Jeremy Prestholdt

in Domesticating the World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254244
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941472 | DOI:

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Globalization consciousness, in accordance with the precepts of modernity, seems to be largely confirming many of the historical silences routinized in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Global integration has offered opportunities for some. Contemporary globalization, like modernization, is no cure for the inequalities patently visible across the planet. The perceptual legacies of nineteenth-century Western analyses also place other burdens on contemporary East Africa, particularly in tourism-oriented Zanzibar, where the history of sultans, harems, Stanley, Livingstone, and the slave trade seems to be the only one it possesses. It is picturesque alterity, a confirming distance, that travelers seek and international organizations attempt to “conserve” in contemporary Zanzibar.

Keywords: globalization; legacy; slavery; integration; travel

Chapter.  2432 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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