Custodians of the Land: Ecology & Culture in History of Tanzania

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Farming and pastoral societies inhabit ever-changing environments. This relationship between environment and rural culture, politics and economy in Tanzania is the subject of this volume which will be valuable in reopening debates on Tanzanian history.

In his conclusion, Isaria N. Kimambo, a founding father of Tanzanian history, reflects on the efforts of successive historians to strike a balance between external causes of change and local ...

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Overview

Farming and pastoral societies inhabit ever-changing environments. This relationship between environment and rural culture, politics and economy in Tanzania is the subject of this volume which will be valuable in reopening debates on Tanzanian history.

In his conclusion, Isaria N. Kimambo, a founding father of Tanzanian history, reflects on the efforts of successive historians to strike a balance between external causes of change and local initiative in their interpretations of Tanzanian history.

He shows that nationalist and Marxist historians of Tanzanian history, understandably preoccupied through the first quarter-century of the country's post-colonial history with the impact of imperialism and capitalism on East Africa, tended to overlook the initiatives taken by rural societies to transform themselves.

Yet there is good reason for historians to think about the causes of change and innovation in the rural communities of Tanzania, because farming and pastoral people have constantly changed as they adjusted to shifting environmental conditions.

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Editorial Reviews

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Custodians of the Land goes a long way in helping us define and delimit African environmental history; it offers a full range of empirical evidence as well as a wide range of interpretive possibilities. This book successfully sets a coherent agenda for other national historiographies and strongly attests to the quality of scholarship in the field.”

— James C. McCann, Agricultural History

Booknews
Contains nine essays addressing the continually changing relationship between environment and rural culture, politics, and the economy in the farming and pastoral societies of Tanzania. Contributors include scholars of African studies, history, and anthropology. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821411346
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Eastern African Studies
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,056,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory H. Maddox is a professor of history at Texas Southern University and author of Sub-Saharan Africa: An Environmental History and coauthor of Practicing History in Central Tanzania: Writing, Memory, and Performance.

James L. Giblin is an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa.

Isaria N. Kimambo is Professor of History at the University of Dar es Salaam.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures & Tables
List of Photographs
Abbreviations
Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Custodians of the Land - Ecology & Culture in the History of Tanzania 1
Pt. 1 Environmental & Demographic Change 15
1 Population: A Dependent Variable 19
2 Environment & Population Growth: In Ugogo, Central Tanzania 43
Pt. 2 Environmental Change & Economic History: In Tanzania's Northern Highlands 67
3 Environmental Control & Hunger: In the Mountains & Plains of Northeastern Tanzania 71
4 Nature Reorganized: Ecological History in the Plateau Forests of the West Usambara Mountains 1850-1935 96
Pt. 3 Politics & Environmental Change 123
5 The Precolonial Politics of Disease Control: In the Lowlands of Northeastern Tanzania 127
6 'We Don't Want Terraces!': Protest & Identity under the Uluguru Land Usage Scheme 152
Pt. 4 Environment & Morality 171
7 Environment, Community & History: 'Nature in the Mind' In Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Buha, Western Tanzania 175
8 Canoe-Building Under Colonialism: Forestry & Food Policies in the Inner Kilombero Valley 1920-40 200
9 Struggles for the Land: The Political & Moral Economies of Land on Mount Meru 213
Conclusion 241
Bibliography 255
Index 267
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