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Emancipation Without Abolition in German East Africa, C. 1884-1914 (Eastern African Studies)

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This study examines the complex history of slavery in EastAfrica, focusing on the area that came under German colonial rule.In contrast to the policy pursued at the time by other colonial powersin Africa, the German authorities did not legally abolish slavery in theircolonial territories. However, despite government efforts to keep the institutionof slavery alive, it significantly declined in Tanganyika in the periodconcerned. The book highlights the crucial role played by the slaves in theprocess of emancipation.Author Jan-Georg Deutsch explores the rise of slavery in Tanganyika in thesecond half of the nineteenth century, when the region became more fullyintegrated into the world economy.An analysis of German colonial policy reveals that the authorities believedthat abolition should be avoided at all costs since it would undermine thepower and prosperity of the local slave-owning elites whose effective collaborationwas thought to be indispensable to the functioning of colonial rule.The author demonstrates how slaves by their own initiative brought the “evilinstitution” to an end, making the best of limited choices and opportunitiesavailable to them.

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Unlike other colonial powers in Africa, authorities in German East Africa did not legally abolish slavery, explains Deutsch (Commonwealth history, U. of Oxford), and the self-emancipation that led to a decline in slavery beginning with colonization in 1890 suggests that the end of slavery was a social process rather than the result of colonial intervention or legislation. He describes the events, and explores the immediate impacts and general implications. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Jan-Georg Deutsch is Lecturer in Commonwealth History in theUniversity of Oxford and the coeditor of African Modernities: EntangledMeanings in Current Debate.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821417195
Author:
Deutsch, Jan-georg
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Author:
Deutsch, Jan-Georg
Author:
Deutsch, Jan-Georg
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
Germany Colonies Africa History.
Subject:
Slavery - German East Africa
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Africa
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Eastern African Studies
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in

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