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Title:Mtunya: Famine in Central Tanzania, 1917-1920
Author:Maddox, Gregory H.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Tanzania
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/182764
Abstract:In the Dodoma Region of central Tanzania the people called Wagogo name a famine that struck between 1917 and 1920 the 'Mtunya' (The Scramble). This famine came after both German and British military requisitions had drained the arid region of men, cattle and food. The famine, which killed 30,000 of the region's 150,000 people, is more than just a good example of what John Iliffe (1987) has called 'conjunctural poverty'. The Mtunya and the response to it by both the people of the region and the new colonial government also shaped the form of the interaction between local economy and society and the political economy of colonial Tanganyika. The Gogo, in their own interpretation of the famine, stress the ways in which this famine made them dependent on the colonial economy. For them, this famine represented a terrible loss of autonomy, a loss of the ability to control the reproduction of their own society. Notes, ref.