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Sudden Disaster And Slow Change: Maji Maji And The Long-Term History Of Southeast Tanzania

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Maji Maji continues to occupy a special place throughout the war region. While the First World War was similarly devastating, Maji Maji stands alone as an attempt to get rid of colonial occupation by violent means. Focusing on the eastern half of the area affected by the war, this chapter shows how Maji Maji interacted with both change and continuity. It shows, on one hand, that the ways in which people sought to cope with the aftermath of the war replicated older patterns. On the other hand, the difficulties of overcoming the aftermath were compounded by larger economic shifts attendant on colonisation and by colonial policy. At another level, religious movements in the decades after Maji Maji provide evidence of change as well as persistence of faith. Maji Maji interacted with long-standing environmental and historical processes to affect the ability of people in Southeast Tanzania to control their environment.

Keywords: colonial policy; Maji Maji War; religious movements; Southeast Tanzania



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