- By Gregory Maddox Isaria N. Kimambo James L. Giblin

Custodians of the Land: Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania

  • Title: Custodians of the Land: Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania
  • Author: Gregory Maddox Isaria N. Kimambo James L. Giblin
  • ISBN: 9780821411346
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • Custodians of the Land Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania 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

    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 historiFarming 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.

    1 thought on “Custodians of the Land: Ecology and Culture in the History of Tanzania

    1. While most of the articles in “Custodians of the Land” are dreadfully academic and don't make very compelling reading, they have shed a lot of light on Tanzanian history for me. Having read only a few books on Tanzania and seen only small bits of the country for a short period of time, Tanzania remains a historical “black-box” to me that I imagine, as the authors point out, as relatively speaking, a sort of idyllic ecological utopia (they call this “Merrie Africa”), which was abrupt [...]

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