Vilimani: Labor Migration and Rural Change in Early Colonial Tanzania (Social History of Africa)

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During the German rule of Tanzania nearly half a million people entered colonial wage labour circuits. Case studies are used to explore the transformations in slavery and porterage, social and work life on plantations and railways, and gendered conflict at the household and village level. It also looks at how rural social change intersected with the Maji Maji rebellion of 1905. North America: Heinemann

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THADDEUS SUNSERI is associate professor of history at Colorado State University. His articles on the social and labor history of Tanzania under German rule have appeared in the Journal of African History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, African Affairs, and the Canadian Journal of African Studies.

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Sunseri also seeks to examine the social aspects of both origin communities and work sites in German East Africa. His work captures the rhythms and disruptions that increased migration brought. His research does an excellent job of digging out diverse sources that provide insights into the working lives of Africans from a time when few are left who remember. Sunseri's work could serve as a textbook example of reading against the grain in sources ... an excellent study in its own right as well as generating a series of questions for future research. - Gregory H. Maddox in AFRICAN AFFAIRS This analysis of labor in German East Africa is a carefully articulated study of the imperatives and constraints of labor policies, migration and practices between 1885 and 1916. It explores shifting colonial labor demands and policies together with African influences in the context of German metropolitan industrialization and overseas colonization, African rural economies and gendered social relations, settler limitations and demands, and their impact on the environment ...Linking labor and rural crises, Sunseri supplants earlier interpretations of German colonialism in Tanzania focused on modernization (Iliffe), underdevelopment (Rodney) and development (Koponen) with an analysis that engages the complex contradictions inherent in colonial exploitation and rule. He also sets a standard for thorough research in newly accessible German colonial and mission archives, contemporary German and Tanzanian newspapers, local court records and oral interviews... Sunseri is successful in arguing that German industrial interests dictated colonial policies and that African rural labor needs, practices and availability significantly influenced German attempts to mobilize labor, while he also demonstrates that increasing labor migration led to declining production, deteriorating social relations and rural immiseration. In taking African interests, needs, practices and policies as seriously as he does German ones, Sunseri probes insightfully into the complex contradictions of early colonialism in Tanzania. - Thomas Spear in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY

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