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Title:Colonial warfare: Hehe and World War One, the wars besides Maji Maji in south-western Tanzania
Author:Gewald, Jan-BartISNI
Series:ASC working paper
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
Geographic term:Tanzania
Maji Maji uprising
World War I
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/4855
Abstract:In the early 1920s the British colonial mandate authorities believed and argued that the Iringa Highlands of southwestern Tanzania were being underutilized, and thus recommended that the area be settled by European settlers. This paper indicates that there are specific historical reasons as to why the highlands were underpopulated and appeared to be underutilized when British mandate authorities first surveyed the area. In particular, the paper draws attention to the impact of a consecutive series of wars that ravaged the area between 1890 and 1918. In so doing, the paper implicitly argues for a re-evaluation of the centrality of the Maji Maji war of 1905-1907 in Tanzanian historiography, and draws attention to the importance of a number of regional wars that characterized the years of German colonial rule prior to Maji Maji. Furthermore, the paper highlights the importance of the First World War in coming to an understanding of events in southwestern Tanzania. [Book abstract]