Studies in East African History

Studies in East African History

Studies in East African History

Studies in East African History

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The four studies in this collection are the result of visits to African, European and American libraries and archives from 1958 to 1960. They do not revolve around any one theme, but rather seek to recount various aspects of the history of East Africa that have not been told in detail before. Mirambo, one of the most important African leaders of Tanganyika in the nineteenth century, has never had a serious biography. The Holy Ghost Mission in Tanganyika and the American influence in Zanzibar from 1865 to 1915 suffer from a similar lack. Finally, the study on Mwinyi Mtwana is meant to draw attention to the myriad relationships between the Sultan of Zanzibar and those in Africa who considered themselves under his suzerainty -- a subject still largely untouched by students of East African history.

The author is indebted for aid in research and writing to: Mr. Marion Brewington of the Peabody Museum; Mr. Paul Blanchette, formerly of the Essex Institute and now of the Peabody Museum; Mrs. Charles Potter of the Essex Institute; Dr. Marcel Luwel of the Musée de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren; Professor J. Stengers of the Université Libré, Bruxelles; Miss Rosemary Keen of the Church Missionary Society Archives; Miss Irene Fletcher of the London Missionary Society Archives; Mr. C. Thompson of the Zanzibar Archives; Father John Hensbergen and his colleagues of the Holy Ghost Mission, Bagamoyo; Professor Daniel McCall, Professor Jeffrey Butler, and Mr. Douglas Wheeler of the African Studies Program; Dr. Philip Gulliver of the University of London; the Provincial Commissioner, Western Province, Tanganyika; Sir John Gray; Miss Marcia Wright; Mrs. Harold Marcus; Mrs. Ruth Bennett.

The greater part of the research for these studies was undertaken while the author held a Ford Foundation Fellowship; that in the Salem archives was aided by a grant from the African Studies Program. Particular thanks go to Dr. William O. Brown for generous support during their writing.

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