Custodians of the Land
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288 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Eastern African Studies

Imprint: James Currey

Custodians of the Land

Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania

Edited by Gregory H. Maddox

Introduction by James Giblin

by Isaria N. Kimambo

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This volume explores the relationship between environment and rural culture, politics and economy in Tanzania.
In his conclusion, Isaria Kimambo 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 argues 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, he suggests, 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.

North America: Ohio U Press; Tanzania: Mkuki na Nyota
"The studies in this volume build upon one of the strongest traditions of ecological studies for any African nation." Matthew Schoffeleers, JOURNAL OF RELIGION IN AFRICA

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Title Details

288 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Eastern African Studies

Imprint: James Currey