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Title:Cued Speeches: The Emergence of Shauri as Colonial Praxis in German East Africa, 1850-1903
Author:Pesek, MichaelISNI
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:German East Africa
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v033/33.1pesek.pdf
Abstract:This article examines the emergence of colonial knowledge production in German East Africa during the late 19th century. It shows that what German colonial rulers presented as a unique type of colonial knowledge - at the same time 'traditionally African' and the result of a particular sensitivity of German colonizers to African society that was born out of first-hand experience - in fact reflected a pre-existing pattern of African intercultural diplomacy ('shauri') that had emerged in the context of early 19th-century trade relations between the East African coast and the interior. The role of African intermediaries who had worked in this earlier trade before they provided their services to the German colonial State was crucial in the shaping of the intellectual framework on which German East African colonialism was based, and within which colonial knowledge was produced and reproduced. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]