Economic Development in East Africa According to Helge Kjekshus

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The beginning:
Review
Kjekshus
,
Helge
. Ecology Control and Economic Development in East African History: The Case of Tanganyika 1850 – 1950. 2nd revised edition. London: James
Currey
: 1996.
In this book
Helge
Kjekshus
takes a new approach in analysis of economic development in East Africa by moving “away from political history and obviously
Weberian
model of societal development and change” (
Kjekshus
3).
Kjekshus
focuses on
Adrican
man and his environment seeking to “restore the people as agents of African initiative” (
Kjekshus
3, emphasis in the original). Within this new framework, the author argues that East Africa was not an underdeveloped area. Rather it was a region in which existed an ecological control system throughout the 19th century...
The end:
.....o the arrival of colonialism can be better understood.
Taking into account all of the above, the book gives a positive reaction. The most important contribution of this work is the new look at East Africa and the bold rejection of previous theoretical basis for the analysis of this region. It shows East Africans in a different light than before and it opens the road to similar approaches in analysis of other world regions. The idea of economic development within ecology control seems to be particularly appealing having in mind current state of our environment.
Works cited:
Kjekshus
,
Helge
. Ecology Control and Economic Development in East African History: The Case of Tanganyika 1850 – 1950. 2nd revised edition. London: James
Currey
: 1996.