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This is the introductory chapter of this book titled Maji Maji, which represents the efforts of Tanzanian, European and American scholars to reopen the history of Maji Maji. It follows conferences in the United States, Tanzania and Germany, and draws upon brief periods of collaborative field research in 2002 and 2004. The events which became known as the Maji Maji war began in late July 1905 in the region of southeastern German East Africa between the port of Kilwa and the Rufiji River. The precocious clarity which Marcia Wright attributed to the foundational Maji Maji studies of the 1960s and 1970s stemmed from the way in which they were framed. Maji Maji remains not only a staple of history teaching, but also a cultural icon in Tanzania. The circulation of information across overlapping African and German circuits was encouraged by the nature of the German regime.

Keywords: German regime; Kilwa; Maji Maji war; southeastern German East Africa; Tanzania



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