Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule: Eastern African Studies

Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule: Eastern African Studies


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  1. Bob Newman Bob Newman says:

    Cloves R UsI think a class based analysis of any society is well worth doing What I don’t like however are writers who think the truth resides solely with them that mastery of the doubtful “science of history” is theirs alone that all others are mere ideologues who have deliberately “Missed the Point” The Marxist writers who put this volume together cleave unmercifully to a single ideological line OK I can even accept that they use a certain variety of vocabulary which goes along with that line which is tiresome and they never ever accept that they might not possess all the truth Is it possible to know the Truth about anything including the modern history of Zanzibar? I would say no I think even fifty shades of gray is too few That’s why I find such super self confidence on the part of historians than irritating Zanzibar that small island of the coast of East Africa has an interesting history Set up as an entrepot in pre colonial times the Africans Arabs and Indians who traded there dealt in slaves and ivory for the most part The Sultans of Oman gradually extended control over the mainland coast having defeated the Portuguese and by the early 19th century a branch of the sultans’ family had established itself in Zanzibar As European influence spread and turned into control Zanzibar became a slave trading center Indian moneylenders financed expeditions into the continent to trade for or kidnap slaves But slavery was an outmoded means of producing anything Cloves were introduced from Indonesia Soon Zanzibar became Clove World H When it was time to harvest the cloves a lot of labor was necessary The British who had become paramount on the two islands of Unguja and Pemba collectively known as Zanzibar decided that free labor would be efficient than slave labor They imposed this view By 1897 slavery had come to an end The big landowners Arabs or mixed Arab Africans who had profited both by the slave trade and then from slave labor ran into a wall They were not efficient or organized enough to change Large amounts of land were mortgaged to Indian moneylenders smaller peasant clove growers also began to control production The British once they had supplanted the Sultans encouraged the growth of a wage earning laboring class often brought over from the mainland Contradictions between all these groups plus the introduction of modern politics and labor unions led to a violent chaotic revolution soon after Zanzibar’s independence was declared A socialist future seemed likely but Tanganyika suddenly merged with Zanzibar forming Tan Zan ia thus frustrating the plans of leftwing leaders This story in great sometimes stultifying detail is told in the present volume I found a couple of chapters unreadable except for those who need incredible detail about clove and coconut production in the first half of the 20th century in Zanzibar The use of Marxist “in group” vocabulary is not a plus I would argue that most historical events occur through a slow but steady accumulation of trends in certain directions class analysis helps to understand these trends leading to particular results often bad or unexpected Plots are few The best laid plans of mice and menetc The Zanzibar story is an interesting one This book provides a lot of interesting material but its presentation gets low Marx


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Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule: Eastern African Studies [Epub] ➚ Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule: Eastern African Studies By Abdul Sheriff – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Zanzibar stands at the center of the Indian Ocean system’s involvement in the history of Eastern Africa This book follows on from the period covered in Abdul Sheriff’s acclaimed Slaves Spices and Zanzibar stands at the center of the Colonial Rule: PDF/EPUB » Indian Ocean system’s involvement in the history of Eastern Africa This book follows on from the period covered in Abdul Sheriff’s acclaimed Slaves Spices and Ivory in ZanzibarThe first part of the book shows the transition of Zanzibar from the commercial economy of the nineteenth century to the colonial economy of the twentieth centuryThe authors begin with the abolition of the slave trade in that started the process of transformation They show Zanzibar Under PDF \ the transition from slavery to colonial “free” labor the creation of the capitalist economy and the resulting social contradictions They take the history up to formal independence in with a postscript on the insurrectionIn the second part the authors analyze social classes The landlords and the merchants were dominant in the commercial empire of the nineteenth century and had difficulties in adjusting to the colonial condition At the same time the development of capitalist farmers and a fully proletarianized Under Colonial Rule: Kindle × working class was hinderedThe conservative administration could not resolve the contradictions of colonial capitalism and the formation of a united nationalist movement was hampered This period culminated in the insurrection of but the revolution could not be consummated without mature revolutionary classes.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule: Eastern African Studies
  • Abdul Sheriff
  • English
  • 06 August 2014
  • 9780821409961

11 thoughts on “Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule: Eastern African Studies

  1. Bob Newman Bob Newman says:

    Cloves R UsI think a class based analysis of any society is well worth doing What I don’t like however are writers who think the truth resides solely with them that mastery of the doubtful “science of history” is theirs alone that all others are mere ideologues who have deliberately “Missed the Point” The Marxist writers who put this volume together cleave unmercifully to a single ideological line OK I can even accept that they use a certain variety of vocabulary which goes along with that line which is tiresome and they never ever accept that they might not possess all the truth Is it possible to know the Truth about anything including the modern history of Zanzibar? I would say no I think even fifty shades of gray is too few That’s why I find such super self confidence on the part of historians than irritating Zanzibar that small island of the coast of East Africa has an interesting history Set up as an entrepot in pre colonial times the Africans Arabs and Indians who traded there dealt in slaves and ivory for the most part The Sultans of Oman gradually extended control over the mainland coast having defeated the Portuguese and by the early 19th century a branch of the sultans’ family had established itself in Zanzibar As European influence spread and turned into control Zanzibar became a slave trading center Indian moneylenders financed expeditions into the continent to trade for or kidnap slaves But slavery was an outmoded means of producing anything Cloves were introduced from Indonesia Soon Zanzibar became Clove World H When it was time to harvest the cloves a lot of labor was necessary The British who had become paramount on the two islands of Unguja and Pemba collectively known as Zanzibar decided that free labor would be efficient than slave labor They imposed this view By 1897 slavery had come to an end The big landowners Arabs or mixed Arab Africans who had profited both by the slave trade and then from slave labor ran into a wall They were not efficient or organized enough to change Large amounts of land were mortgaged to Indian moneylenders smaller peasant clove growers also began to control production The British once they had supplanted the Sultans encouraged the growth of a wage earning laboring class often brought over from the mainland Contradictions between all these groups plus the introduction of modern politics and labor unions led to a violent chaotic revolution soon after Zanzibar’s independence was declared A socialist future seemed likely but Tanganyika suddenly merged with Zanzibar forming Tan Zan ia thus frustrating the plans of leftwing leaders This story in great sometimes stultifying detail is told in the present volume I found a couple of chapters unreadable except for those who need incredible detail about clove and coconut production in the first half of the 20th century in Zanzibar The use of Marxist “in group” vocabulary is not a plus I would argue that most historical events occur through a slow but steady accumulation of trends in certain directions class analysis helps to understand these trends leading to particular results often bad or unexpected Plots are few The best laid plans of mice and menetc The Zanzibar story is an interesting one This book provides a lot of interesting material but its presentation gets low Marx

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