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Title:Local roots of policy in German East Africa
Author:Wright, MarciaISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:German East Africa
Subject:colonial administration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180148
Abstract:After the transfer of power in German East Africa from Germans to British the latter, to help legitimize the take-over, developed an official version of previous history. The Germans, unable to produce a Bore authentic account, adopted a rival ideological position of self-justification which effectively deprived their local governors and administrators in East Africa of credit for any positive role in policy formation. Rather, it was claimed that the reforming Ministry in Berlin under Colonial Secretary Dernburg bad after 1906 prompted an enlightened colonial administration. The official histories of both British and Germans therefore agreed that the period from 1590 to 1907 was barren of constructive measures and planned development. After analysing the evolution of the received history of the German period in Tanzania, the A, shows, using sources previously neglected, that in the period to 1907 the government in fact developed a secular state education service. Although its policy was controversial, several factors explain the strength of the administration's relatively pro-African position. Notes.