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Feasts and riot : revelry, rebellion, and popular consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888

Author: Jonathon Glassman
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann ; London : James Currey ; Nairobi : E.A.E.P. ; Dar es Salaam : Mkuki Na Nyota, ©1995.
Series: Social history of Africa.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1888 a handful of German adventurers bungled an attempt to conquer the Muslim towns of the East African coast. They were expelled almost immediately, but their intrusion sparked a political crisis that led to the collapse of all civil authority in the Swahili towns. Feasts and Riot traces the background to that crisis, using the events of 1888 as a window through which to examine the nature of class conflict and  Read more...
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Glassman, Jonathon.
Feasts and riot.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann ; London : James Currey ; Nairobi : E.A.E.P. ; Dar es Salaam : Mkuki Na Nyota, ©1995
(OCoLC)604950118
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathon Glassman
ISBN: 0435089560 9780435089566 0435089587 9780435089580 0852556667 9780852556665 0852556160 9780852556160 0852556675 9780852556672 0852556179 9780852556177
OCLC Number: 30970465
Description: xvii, 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Contradictory Consciousness of a Swahili Crowd --
1. Peasants, Commodities and Power --
2. Struggles for the Caravan Trade --
3. Brute Beasts and Articulate Rebels --
4. Theft and Marriage --
5. Feasts and Riot --
6. Big Men and Impudent Children --
7. The Festival Riots of August and September 1888 --
8. Pangani under Rebel Rule --
Epilogue: The Ambiguities of Conquest.
Series Title: Social history of Africa.
Responsibility: Jonathon Glassman.

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In 1888, a massive rebellion erupted when German colonial officials attempted to establish a civil administration in the Muslim towns of the East African coast. This book examines this rebellion.  Read more...

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