Sunseri’s Article on Maji Maji
Sunseri’s Article on Maji Maji
The Maji Maji
Rebellion in Tanzania
was an illustration of the changes that begun to occur in African societies in
respect to the attainment of independence and sovereignty. Despite the
irrational nature of the opposition (illustrated by their belief that bullets
could not impose any harm on them), the Maji Maji Uprising proved significant
at the time due to the implications that it posed
on German rule. However, the impact that it applied to German colonial rule in Eastern Africa
is not a different nor a new aspect as far as African history is concerned. In
the article, “Reinterpreting a Colonial Rebellion: Forestry and Social Control
in German East Africa, 1874-1915”, Sunseri weaves
a different dimension from the events that occurred during the time that the
Maji Maji Rebellion occurred. In particular, he manages to argue from a new
standpoint that the Uprising was the generation of a cohesive, interethnic resistance
aimed at the dissipation of colonial reign in the African continent. Indeed,
the acts that were performed by the Maji Maji in response to German rule
reflected the sentiments that most Africans experienced due to the effects of
colonialism. After all, much of the continent was
subjected to foreign oppression after the Scramble for Africa
begun materializing in between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. As
such, the resolve exhibited by the rebellion towards the usurpation of colonial
rule marked the commencement of collaboration among peoples from different
ethnic tribes. Interestingly, even though the Uprising proved unsuccessful in
the end, it inspired other members of African colonies across the continent,
especially throughout the 20th century, to indulge in interethnic
cohesion and establish resistance regimes against European colonial
Asante, Molefi Kete. The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Sunseri, Thaddeus. “Reinterpreting a Colonial Rebellion: Forestry and
Social Control in German East Africa,
1874-1915.” Environmental History 8,
no. 3 (2003): 430-451.
 Thaddeus Sunseri, “Reinterpreting a Colonial Rebellion: Forestry and Social Control in German East Africa, 1874-1915,” Environmental History 8, no. 3 (2003): 433.
 Molefi Kete Asante, The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony (New York: Routledge, 2015), 132.
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