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“Deadly Silence Predominates In This District” The Maji Maji War And Its Aftermath In Ungoni

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During the Maji Maji war, the German colonial government concentrated its military efforts in the southwest region known as Ungoni or Songea District. This chapter demonstrates that the official explanation only partially explains the causes and course of the war in Ungoni. The main argument of the chapter is two-fold. First, the apparent unity among the Maji Maji warriors and supporters in Ungoni which worried the officials was not prescribed by a noble leadership, but a shifting alliance representing a range of different interests. Second, the colonial administration was correct in seeing Ungoni as a particular challenge within the war. Paradoxically, the reason lies in the tactics chosen by both sides. Finally, the chapter revisits critically the major questions in Ungonis historiography: the causes of the war and the allegedly early end of the fighting.

Keywords: German colonial government; Maji Maji war; Ungoni



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