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Transportation and RevoltPigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility$
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Jacob Shell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029339

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029339.001.0001

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Transportation across Intermediate States of Matter

Transportation across Intermediate States of Matter

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Transportation and Revolt

Jacob Shell

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The chapter links the topic of subversive transportation to a discussion of physical geography. Political regimes may perceive some geophysical settings as especially resistant to road-building projects. By extension, regimes may perceive (correctly, in many cases) that local forms of transportation whose niche is movement across these road-resistant geophysical zones must also hold a special value for subversive groups seeking mobility beyond the spaces of the state. As examples, the chapter discusses the use of elephants for transport across muddy rainforests; camels for transport across sandy deserts; and sled-dogs for transport across icy tundra and sea ice. Transport by carrier pigeon and watercraft are also briefly discussed. This discussion extends to many different places in the world: northern India, the uplands of Burma, central and east Africa, Australia, Siberia, and the canals and river docks of Shanghai.

Keywords:   Elephants, Camels, Sled-dogs, Sepoy Mutiny, Burmese Civil Wars, Chukchi Revolt, Australian Cameleers, Off-road Transportation

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