Wielding the Ax State Forestry and Social Conflict in Tanzania, 1820-2000

ISBN-10: 0821418653
ISBN-13: 9780821418659
Edition: 2009
Authors: Thaddeus Sunseri
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Forests have been at the fault lines of contact between African peasant communities in the Tanzanian coastal hinterland and outsiders for almost two centuries. In recent decades, a global call for biodiversity preservation has been the main challenge to Tanzanians and their forests. Thaddeus Sunseri uses the lens of forest history to explore some of the most profound transformations in Tanzania from the nineteenth century to the present. He explores anticolonial rebellions, the world wars, the depression, the Cold War, oil shocks, and nationalism through their intersections with and impacts on Tanzaniarsquo;s coastal forests and woodlands. InWielding the Ax,forest history becomes a microcosm of the origins, nature, and demise of colonial rule in East Africa and of the first fitful decades of independence. Wielding the Axis a story of changing constellations of power over forests, beginning with African chiefs and forest spirits, both known as ldquo;axwielders,rdquo; and ending with international conservation experts who wield scientific knowledge as a means to controlling forest access. The modern international concern over tropical deforestation cannot be understood without an awareness of the longterm history of these forest struggles.

Thaddeus Sunseri is associate professor of history at Colorado State University. His articles on the social and labor history of Tanzania under German rule have appeared in the Journal of African History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, African Affairs, and the Canadian Journal of African Studies.

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Author's Notes
Abbreviations
The Ax and the Copal Tree Forests and Political Consolidation in the Coastal Hinterland, ca. 1820-90
Colonizing the Mangroves of German East Africa, 1890-1914
Insurgency in the Coastal Forests, 1904-14
State Forestry in a Colonial Backwater, 1920-40
Forestry and Forced Resettlement in Colonial Tanzania, 1920-50
Forestry Unbound Reservation and Resistance from World War II to Independence, 1946-61
Creating Modern Tanzanians State Forestry from Uhuru through Ujamaa, 1961-80
Biodiversity Preservation and Emergent Forest Conflicts, 1980-Present
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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