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Title Custodians of the land : ecology & culture in the history of Tanzania / edited by Gregory Maddox, James L. Giblin & Isaria N. Kimambo.

Published London : James Curry ; Athens : Ohio University Press, 1996.

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 UniM Bail  363.7009678 CUST    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Series Eastern African studies.
Eastern African studies (London, England)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-265) and index.
Contents Introduction: Custodians of the Land - Ecology & Culture in the History of Tanzania / James Giblin and Gregory Maddox -- Pt. 1. Environmental & Demographic Change. 1. Population: A Dependent Variable / Juhani Koponen. 2. Environment & Population Growth: In Ugogo, Central Tanzania -- Pt. 2. Environmental Change & Economic History: In Tanzania's Northern Highlands. 3. Environmental Control & Hunger: In the Mountains & Plains of Northeastern Tanzania / Isaria N. Kimambo. 4. Nature Reorganized: Ecological History in the Plateau Forests of the West Usambara Mountains 1850-1935 / Christopher Conte -- Pt. 3. Politics & Environmental Change. 5. The Precolonial Politics of Disease Control: In the Lowlands of Northeastern Tanzania / James L. Giblin. 6. 'We Don't Want Terraces!': Protest & Identity under the Uluguru Land Usage Scheme / Pamela A. Maack -- Pt. 4. Environment & Morality.
7. Environment, Community & History: 'Nature in the Mind' In Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Buha, Western Tanzania / Michele Wagner. 8. Canoe-Building Under Colonialism: Forestry & Food Policies in the Inner Kilombero Valley 1920-40 / Jamie Monson. 9. Struggles for the Land: The Political & Moral Economies of Land on Mount Meru / Thomas Spear -- Conclusion / Isaria N. Kimambo.
Summary Farming and pastoral societies inhabit ever-changing environments. This relationship between environment and rural culture, politics and economy in Tanzania is the subject of this volume which will be valuable in reopening debates on Tanzanian history. In his conclusion, Isaria N. Kimambo, a founding father of Tanzanian history, 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 shows 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 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.
Other author Maddox, Gregory.
Giblin, James Leonard.
Kimambo, Isaria N.
Subject Human ecology -- Tanzania -- History.
Environmental policy -- Tanzania.
Environmental protection -- Tanzania.
Tanzania -- Social conditions.
Tanzania -- Economic conditions.
Tanzania -- Politics and government.
ISBN 0821411330 (cloth)
0821411349 (paperback)