In Search of a Nation: Histories of Authority & Dissidence in Tanzania


The double-sided nature of African nationalism-its capacity to inspire expressions of unity, and its tendency to narrow political debate- are explored by sixteen historians, focusing on the experience of Tanzania.

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The double-sided nature of African nationalism-its capacity to inspire expressions of unity, and its tendency to narrow political debate- are explored by sixteen historians, focusing on the experience of Tanzania.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821416716
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2006
  • Series: Eastern African Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory H. Maddox is an associate professor of history at Texas Southern University. James L. Giblin is an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures & Tables viii
Notes on Contributors ix
Editors' Preface xii
1 Introduction 1
Part I Politics & Knowledge
2 On Socially Composed Knowledge: Reconstructing a Shambaa Royal Ritual 14
3 Kingalu Mwana Shaha & Political Leadership in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Tazania 33
Part II Politics, Culture & Dissent in Colonial Tanganyika
4 Colonial Boundaries & African Nationalism: The Case of the Kagera Salient 57
5 Indirect Rule, the Politics of Neo-Traditionalism & the Limits of Invention in Tanzania 70
6 Narrating Power in Colonial Ugogo: Mazengo of Mvumi 86
7 The Tribal Past & the Politics of Nationalism in Mahenge District: 1940-60 103
8 The Landscapes of Memory in Twentieth-Century Africa 114
9 Some Complexities of Family & State in Colonial Njombe 128
10 Local, Regional & National: South Rukwa in the 1950s 149
Part III The Nation & Its Dissidents
11 Breaking the Chain at its Weakest Link: TANU & the Colonial Office 168
12 Censoring the Press in Colonial Zanzibar: An Account of the Seditious Case against Al-Falaq 198
13 An Imagined Generation: Umma Youth in Nationalist Zanzibar 216
14 The Short History of Political Opposition & Multi-Party Democracy in Tanganyika: 1958-64 250
Part IV The Nation Reconsidered
15 Engendering & Gendering African Nationalism: Rethinking the Case of Tanganyika (Tanzania) 278
16 Between the 'Global' & 'Local' Families: The Missing Link in School History Teaching in Postcolonial Tanzania 290
17 Jack-of-All-Arts or Ustadhi?: The Poetics of Cultural Production in Tanzania 304
Index 328
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