Mikono ya damu: Hands of Blood: African Mercenaries and the Politics of Conflict in German East Africa, 1888-1904 (Paperback)

Mikono ya damu: Hands of Blood: African Mercenaries and the Politics of Conflict in German East Africa, 1888-1904 By Erick Mann Cover Image
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This is the first comprehensive study of the German colonial conquest of Tanzania between 1888 and 1904. Moving beyond the focus on German policy at the national level, the author highlights the local perspective on German colonialism as it was experienced by rural Tanzanians. In each region, the pre-colonial politics are analyzed to explain how the nature of German conquest and subsequent administration often reflected local political patterns and conflicts as much as it did German aims and objectives. The work examines the history and sociology of the German military in East Africa, largely composed of Africans, and how its organization reflected both German and African needs. The German military, Schutztruppe, is viewed as a rapidly evolving African institution that created new ethnic identities and social classes in its wake.


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ISBN: 9783631376140
ISBN-10: 3631376146
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: November 13th, 2001
Pages: 338
Language: English