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This study examines the role of women in the achievement of Tanzania's independence, in particular Bibi Titi Mohamed - the woman seen at the centre of Tanganyikan nationalism.
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SUSAN GEIGER received her Ph.D. in African history from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1973. She is Associate Professor in the Women's Studies Department, and on the graduate faculties in history and the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota. She coedited "Women, Family, State and Economy in Africa" (SIGNS, special issue, 1991), and Interpreting Women's Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narratives (Indiana Univ. Press, 1989). She has published in the Journal of African History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, the Journal of Women's History, and SIGNS.Review:
'This is an important work for Tanzanian history, but also for the methodology of oral history.' - Thaddeus Sunseri in Journal of African History '...superb...' - Deborah Gaitskell in The English Historical Review '...pathbreaking study...This work stands nationalist history on its head by documenting the influence of Bibi Titi Mohamed and other female leaders.' - Margaret Snyder in Choice 'Geiger is to be commended for revealing the political efforts, the imagination and the verve of women without whom TANU would not have had its wide appeal and whose names might otherwise have been forgotten.' - Janet Bujra in ROAPE 'Geiger's book is the result of impeccable scholarship, outstanding vision and great warmth and empathy toward the women she writes of. I recommend it to everyone with an interest in women, East Africa and African nationalism.' - Catherine Macdonald in AFSAAP '...engrossing...' - Deborah Bryceson in The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics '...absorbing...' - Tanzanian Affairs
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