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Title:Maji Maji in Ungoni: A Reappraisal of Existing Historiography
Author:Redmond, Patrick M.
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Subjects:Maji Maji uprising
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/217152
Abstract:The Maji Maji rebellion of 1905-1906 was Tanzania's most spectacular manifestation of the rejection of colonial rule. Of those who participated, the Ngoni of Songea district were among the most determined. This article reevaluates their reasons for participating. It analyses the political, economic, and social life in Ungoni, the country of the Ngoni, prior to colonial rule and the German impact on it; in particular the influence of social rank on the Ngoni reaction to the Germans, and the role of the internal political situation in determining who was willing to fight. Conclusion: the Maji Maji among the Ngoni was not a united struggle against a hated enemy, but a conflict fomented by those whom its successful outcome stood to benefit. Notes.