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Title:Colonial warfare: Hehe and World War I, the wars besides Maji Maji in south-western Tanzania
Author:Gewald, Jan-BartISNI
Periodical:African Historical Review
Geographic terms:Tanzania
German East Africa
Subjects:Maji Maji uprising
colonial wars
World War I
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17532520902793254
Abstract:In the early 1920s the British colonial mandate authorities argued that the Iringa Highlands of southwestern Tanzania were being underutilized, and thus recommended that the area be settled by Europeans. This article indicates that there are specific historical reasons why the highlands were underpopulated and appeared to be underutilized when British mandate authorities first surveyed the area. In particular the article draws attention to the impact of a consecutive series of wars that ravaged the area between 1890 and 1918. In so doing, an implicit argument is made for a re-evaluation of the centrality of the Maji Maji war of 1905-1907 in Tanzanian historiography. The article also draws attention to the importance of a number of regional wars that characterized the years of German colonial rule prior to Maji Maji. Furthermore, the article highlights the significance of the First World War in coming to an understanding of events in southwestern Tanzania. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]