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Brief authority : a memoir of colonial administration in Tanganyika /
Charles Meek ; edited by Innes Meek.
imprint
London : Radcliffe Press, 2011.
description
xi, 265 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1848858337 (hbk.), 9781848858336 (hbk.)
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London : Radcliffe Press, 2011.
isbn
1848858337 (hbk.)
9781848858336 (hbk.)
contents note
Cheap, efficient and just -- Prologue -- Lindi -- Shinyanga -- Maswa -- Elephant -- Arusha -- Monduli -- Mbulu -- Domestic matters -- Mbulu and the road out -- Postscript.
abstract
"Charles Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika, now Tanzania, goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of the empire. The story begins with his arrival in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II. He describes the challenges of living in a peasant community in a remote colony in wartime and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters--hunters, mining magnates and farmers--and working with his individualistic and even eccentric colleagues. Cheap efficient and just administration were the watchwords of the British Colonial Service. Whi his colleagues, Meek was absorbed in the daily work of a Colonial Officer--building roads and bridges, improving agriculture, keeping the peace and administering justice. By the late 1940s, however, the drive towards nationalism had gained pace. There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957 Meek was moved from his beloved district administration to Dar es Salaam. Here he was embroiled in the fast moving events leading to decolonisation. He worked with the last Governor, Sir Richard Turbull, as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister, and later as Head of the Civil Service. He collaborated deeply with Julius Nyerere, the Chief Minister, and Meek provides a sympathetic and intimate portrait of the magnetic personality of this most charismatic and respected of African leaders, a moving story of friendship and mutual respect."--Jkt.
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7955799
 
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Charles Innes Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika - now Tanzania - goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire. Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II, Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war-time and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters and colleagues. By the late 1940s, however, the drive towards nationalism had gained pace. There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957 Meek was moved to Dar es Salaam. Here he was embroiled in the fast-moving events leading to decolonization, working as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister, Julius Nyerere. Following independence, he became the first Head of the Tanganyika Civil Service, a in which role he collaborated closely with Nyerere. 'Brief Authority' is a fascinating story for all readers interested in the inside story of the British Colonial service at the end of empire - dramatic, moving and full of human interest.
Main Description
Charles Innes Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika - now Tanzania - goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire. Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II, Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war-time and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters and colleagues. By the late 1940s, however, the drive towards nationalism had gained pace. There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957 Meek was moved to Dar es Salaam. Here he was embroiled in the fast-moving events leading to decolonization, working as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister, Julius Nyerere. Following independence, he became the first Head of the Tanganyika Civil Service, a in which role he collaborated closely with Nyerere. Brief Authority is a fascinating story for all readers interested in the inside story of the British Colonial service at the end of empire - dramatic, moving and full of human interest.
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Charles Innes Meek's account of his 20 years in Tanganyika - now Tanzania - goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire. Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II, Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war-time.
Main Description
Charles Innes Meek's account of his twenty years in Tanganyika now Tanzania goes to the heart of British colonial rule at the end of empire. Arriving in the former German colony during the dark days of World War II, Meek describes the challenges of living in a remote colony in war-time and of life among a remarkable cast of frontier characters and colleagues. By the late 1940s, however, the drive towards nationalism had gained pace. There were experiments with forms of indirect rule with local tribal leaders but all was suddenly overtaken by the momentum of the independence movement and in 1957, Meek was moved to Dar es Salaam. Here he was embroiled in the fast-moving events leading to decolonization, working as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister, Julius Nyerere. Following independence, he became the first Head of the Tanganyika Civil Service, in which role he collaborated closely with Nyerere. Brief Authority is a fascinating story for all readers interested in the inside story of the British Colonial service at the end of empire - dramatic, moving, and full of human interest.
Table of Contents
List of Platesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Mapsp. xiii
Introduction: Cheap, Efficient and Justp. 1
Prologuep. 29
Lindip. 33
Shinyangap. 51
Maswap. 69
Elephantp. 78
Arushap. 88
Mondulip. 111
Mbulup. 120
Domestic Mattersp. 143
Mbulu and the Road Ourp. 153
Postscriptp. 163
Appendicesp. 173
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 245
Glossaryp. 247
Indexp. 251
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