By Bill Bryson
“Here is a guy who suffers so his readers can laugh.” — Daily Telegraph
Bill Bryson travels to Kenya in aid of CARE overseas. All royalties and gains visit CARE International.
Bryson visits Kenya on the invitation of CARE overseas, the charity devoted to removing poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with well-known online game reserves and a colourful tradition. It additionally presents lots to fret a vacationer like invoice Bryson, fixated as he's at the hazards posed via snakes, bugs and massive predators. it's also a rustic with many critical difficulties: refugees, AIDS, drought, and grinding poverty. the ensuing diary, notwithstanding brief in size, includes the trademark Bryson stamp of wry remark and curious perception.
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183. 11 Colonial oﬃcials often used the potential beneﬁt to economic expansion and therefore revenue to justify expenditure on infrastructure, as in a 1911 memorandum by Nyasaland’s Director of Public Works explaining the need for increased spending on road-building in Mlanje. ’12 Such investments often inﬂuenced other policies as well. Fearing for the prospects of the railway to repay this loan, early colonial administrations encouraged European and Asian settlement as the quickest means of developing export industries in the colony.
590–4. 42 Wittfogel, Oriental Despotism; Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed. 43 Allen, ‘Agriculture and the Origins of the State’. 44 This phrase was coined in an inﬂuential paper on local public expenditure. See Tiebout, ‘A Pure Theory of Local Expenditures’. 45 Austin, ‘Resources, Techniques and Strategies’, pp. 589–90. 28 Building a Self-Suﬃcient Empire in Africa suited to the North American climate favoured the development of small family farms, while economies of scale in South American cash crop production led to the emergence of large plantations reliant on slave labour.
Charter quoted in Rabushka, Taxation in Colonial America, pp. 25–7. Feinstein, An Economic History of South Africa, pp. 22–7. 20 Building a Self-Suﬃcient Empire in Africa tors was to capture as much of the international trade generated through imperial expansion for Britain as possible. Under the mercantilist economic thought which prevailed at the time, gains from international trade were thought to arise solely from exporting, which made international trade ‘equivalent to a zero-sum game’. 12 However, their eﬀorts to protect trade routes invariably drew them into the administration of the interior, as agents demanded infrastructure, policing, and other services normally provided by governments.