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The Practical Imperialist

Letters from a Danish Planter in German East Africa 1888-1906


Edited by Jane Parpart and Marianne Rostgaard

This book provides a rare opportunity to follow the daily life on and around plantations and towns in the first years of the German colonial presence in East Africa, as seen through the eyes of a Danish master farmer working for the German East Africa Company. There are few memoirs and personal letters from these years, and existent letters are primarily by explorers, colonial officials, missionaries or the occasional settler. Lautherborn's material provides one of the very few entry points into the daily business of colonial expansion and consolidation in the early years of German East Africa as seen through the eyes of a practical man trying to do a job in a complex and changing world.


Edited by Kai Kresse

Sheikh al-Amin Mazrui wrote his essays of this Guidance ( Uwongozi) collection in Mombasa between 1930 and 1932, providing social critique and moral guidance to Kenya’s coastal Muslims during a period of their decline during British colonial rule. The essays were initially published as a series of double-sided pamphlets called Sahifa (The Page), the first Swahili Islamic newspaper. Inspired by contemporary debates of Pan-Islam and Islamic modernism, and with a critical eye on British colonialism, this leading East African modernist takes issue with his peers, in a sharply critical and yet often humorous tone. Al-Amin Mazrui was the first to publish Islamic educational prose and social commentary in Swahili. This bi-lingual edition makes fascinating reading for specialists and general readers.


Anne K. Bang

In the period c. 1880-1940, organized Sufism spread rapidly in the western Indian Ocean. New communities turned to Islam, and Muslim communities turned to new texts, practices and religious leaders. On the East African coast, the orders were both a vehicle for conversion to Islam and for reform of Islamic practice. The impact of Sufism on local communities is here traced geographically as a ripple reaching beyond the Swahili cultural zone southwards to Mozambique, Madagascar and Cape Town. Through an investigation of the texts, ritual practices and scholarly networks that went alongside Sufi expansion, this book places religious change in the western Indian Ocean within the wider framework of Islamic reform.

Timothy J. Stapleton

as the Nigeria Regiment ( NR ). This unit fought in the Cameroon and East Africa campaigns of the First World War (1914–1918), and the East Africa and Burma campaigns of the Second World War (1939–1945). Within Nigeria, the regiment suppressed rebellions such as in the southwest during the First

Martin Revayi Rupiya

the Iron & Steel Corporation (IsCor).” 5 Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and were added to by spoils of the First World War when the UDF was deployed, in conjunction with the French, to seize German African possessions such as Togoland, Cameroon, German East Africa (Tanzania) and German South West

The Rise and Demise of the Boys’ Company

From Coup Makers to a Footnote in Ghana’s Political History

Humphrey Asamoah Agyekum

boarding school. 54 Winslow, 1999. 55 Ibid. 56 Woodward 2000, 640. 57 Unpublished Archival Document ‘The Army Boys’ Company,’ Personal Archives of Ghana Ex-Boys’ Association. 58 Clayton and Killingray 1989, 185. 59 There was also East Africa Army Education Corps (see Parsons 2000). 60 Unpublished Archival