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Taking Oral Sources Beyond The Documentary Record Of Maji Maji: The Example Of The “War Of Korosani” At Yakobi, Njombe

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Virtually all historians of Maji Maji have asked why and how communities scattered across a vast region rose up against colonial authority. This chapter deals with an account of events at Yakobi during Maji Maji. It turns back to preceding years, when Paul Groschel established the mission, entered into contentious relations with German authorities and maintained an uneasy relationship with Mbeyela. The chapter discusses the oral accounts from Yakobi, and suggests that their portrayal of triggering factors may lead us to an understanding of Maji Maji which, though unconventional, is faithful to the evidence provided by both published and oral sources. In some renderings the story is coupled with firm assertions that the War of Korosani had little or nothing to do with Maji Maji, or Hongo Hongo as is also known in Njombe.

Keywords: colonial authority; Maji Maji war; Mbeyela; Njombe; War of Korosani; Yakobi



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