Gregory H. Maddox is a professor of history at Texas Southern University and author of Sub-Saharan Africa: An Environmental History and coauthor of Practicing History in Central Tanzania: Writing, Memory, and Performance.
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The Demographics of Empire is a collection of essays examining the multifaceted nature of the colonial science of demography in the last two centuries. The contributing scholars of Africa and the British and French empires focus on three questions: How have historians, demographers, and other social scientists understood colonial populations? What were the demographic realities of African societies and how did they affect colonial systems of power?
“Important and highly recommendable, not only for the handful of African historical demographers, but more generally for all scholars of European colonialism in Africa and population politics worldwide.”
The double-sided nature of African nationalism—its capacity to inspire expressions of unity, and its tendency to narrow political debate—are explored by sixteen historians, focusing on the experience of Tanzania.
“This volume is concerned with the cultural politics of power—with histories of how local people interpreted, criticized, and produced political legitimacy. In this volume, more than a dozen established and emerging scholars explore these themes in various Tanzanian historical contexts. The high esteem in which [Isario N.] Kimambo is held is reflected in the quality of the chapters and in the impressive list of contributors, including many of the most influential and active historians of Africa.”
African Studies Review
Farming and pastoral societies inhabit ever-changing environments. This relationship between environment and rural culture, politics and economy in Tanzania is the subject of this volume which will be valuable in reopening debates on Tanzanian history.
“Custodians of the Land goes a long way in helping us define and delimit African environmental history; it offers a full range of empirical evidence as well as a wide range of interpretive possibilities. This book successfully sets a coherent agenda for other national historiographies and strongly attests to the quality of scholarship in the field.”
James C. McCann, Agricultural History