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Aspects of Colonial Tanzania History
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Aspects of Colonial Tanzanian History is a collection of essays that examines the lives and experiences of both colonizers and the colonized during colonial rule in what is today known as Tanzania. Dr. Mbogoni examines a range of topics hitherto unexplored by scholars of Tanzania history, namely: excessive alcohol consumption (the sundowners); adultery and violence among the colonial officials; attitudes to inter-racial sexual liaisons especially between Europeans and Africans; game-poaching; European settler vigilantism; radio broadcasting; film production and the nature of Arab slavery in Zanzibar. A particularly noteworthy case related to European vigilantism is examined: the trial of Oldus Elishira, a Maasai, for the murder of a European settler farmer in 1955. The victim, Harold M. Stuchbery, was speared to death when he attempted to ìarrestî a group of Maasai young men who were passing through his farm. The event highlighted the differences in the concepts of justice held by Maasai and the imported justice systems from the colonizers. It also raised vexing questions about the colonial judgeís acquittal of Oldus Elishira, while the Maasai who should have been satisfied with that decision decided to take it upon themselves to mete out an appropriate punishment to Elshira instead of total acquittal, and to compensate Mrs. Stuchbery for the death of her husband by giving her a number of heads of cattle.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title page
  2. pp. 2-2
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  1. Copyright page
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-4
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. iv-5
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  1. Part One: Economy and Politics in Tanganyika
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Colonialism as a “Civilizing Mission”
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. 2. The Lupa Gold Rush of the 1930s
  2. pp. 13-32
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  1. 3. George Gilman Rushby: From Ivory Poacher to Game Ranger
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. 4. Chief Makongoro of Ikizu: Beneficiary and Victim of Indirect Rule
  2. pp. 43-56
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  1. 5. The trial of Oldus Elishira (1955): Murder, Politics and Justice in Late Colonial Tanganyika
  2. pp. 57-78
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  1. Part Two: Film Production and Radio Broadcasting
  2. pp. 79-80
  1. 6. Colonial Tanganyika on Film, 1935-1961
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. 7. Radio Broadcasting in Colonial Tanganyika, ca. 1951-1961
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. Part Three: Affairs of the Heart in Colonial Zanzibar
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. 8. Dr. Pitchford’s love affair with Ms Gool Talati
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. 9. Seyyida Salme’s love affair with Heinrich Ruete
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. Part Four: Slavery and Politics in Colonial Zanzibar
  2. pp. 163-164
  1. 10. The Slave Trade and Slavery in Zanzibar: Opposing Views
  2. pp. 165-188
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  1. 11. The Pitfalls of a Nascent Democracy: Political agitation, violence and murder after the June 1961 election in Zanzibar
  2. pp. 189-202
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 203-212
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  1. Back cover
  2. pp. 218-218
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