An Introduction to the History of East Africa

An Introduction to the History of East Africa

An Introduction to the History of East Africa

An Introduction to the History of East Africa

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While books of various sizes have been written on Uganda alone, Tanganyika alone, Zanzibar alone, and Kenya alone, to the best of our knowledge no book has previously been written which deals specifically with the history of East Africa as a whole, giving roughly equal weight to each territory. The purpose of this book is to fill that gap by supplying an outline of the history of all the East African countries.

As Uganda, Tanganyika, Zanzibar, and Kenya each have their own clear characteristics as a result of their widely differing processes of development, we have been at pains to stress the separate histories of all four countries. On the other hand, the story of their development is so much of a unity that at some points in their history it seemed necessary to pursue a theme in relation to East Africa as a whole. The chapters on Exploration and Partition may be taken as examples of this. But East Africa is not an isolated unit unconnected with other countries of the world or separated from the rest of the African continent by some magic barrier, and the significance of its development cannot be gauged unless it is seen in a wider frame, especially in its relation to the rest of Africa. Therefore, in the chapters on Slavery, Partition, and Lord Lugard, we have tried to present the picture in its true perspective by exploring beyond the boundaries of East Africa.

Most of us have disagreeable associations with the words 'school text-book', and it is hoped that the general reader will not be repelled by the fact that this book was primarily designed for students in connexion with the Cambridge School Certificate syllabus on 'The Development of Tropical Africa'. It was written with the hope also that the story of East Africa's growth would prove sufficiently interesting and readable to be of interest to all. But because we were thinking especially of schools, emphasis has been laid on the biographical presentation of material, and because the book is meant to be used for School Certificate purposes in conjunction with the companion volume by W. D. Hussey (Discovery, Expansion, and Empire . . .

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