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Title: Languages of politics in twentieth century Kilimanjaro
Author: Hunter, E. L.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2008
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This dissertation is a study of Kilimanjaro in Northern Tanzania and its vernacular political thought from c.1916 to c.1970. Methodologically, it combines three intellectual strands. It seeks to interrogate categories of ethnicity and nation, to employ the lessons of the history of political thought and to take seriously the need to interrogate language and materiality within the same analytical framework. Within this methodological and intellectual framework, it uses new sources to return to core political questions about power and citizenship, and considers how these were debated in one locality over the course of the twentieth century. Kilimanjaro provides a particularly interesting case study because of its unusually rich source base. Social change over the period and in particular increasing land shortage and inequality of wealth encouraged an intensity of political activism and political thinking preserved in correspondence, political pamphlets and newspapers. These sources enable the analysis of changing thought about land and property, as well as the legitimate location of power and authority. The result is a more textured understanding of the discursive landscape than has been offered by previous historians of Kilimanjaro.  More broadly, by focussing on a region conventionally seen as peripheral by a historiographical tradition which has usually been focussed on Dar es Salaam, the thesis offers important new contributions to our understanding of Tanzania’s political history. Finally, with its attention to the transmission of ideas, nationally and trans-nationally, the thesis contributes to the new and developing tradition of drawing on the tools of the intellectual historian in approaching the political history of Africa.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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