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Reconstructing the Causes of Death in Songea District,Tanzania During the Colonial Period:Peramiho parish register,1900-1925

Mihanjo,P.A.N., E. (2001) Reconstructing the Causes of Death in Songea District,Tanzania During the Colonial Period:Peramiho parish register,1900-1925. Tanzania Journal of Population Studies and Development, 8 (1&2). pp. 73-89.

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Abstract

The idea that pre-colonial and early colonial Africa was characterised by high mortality, and that the introduction of Western medicine arrested this situation is a well-founded notion in African historiography. Few studies have however been conducted on the causes for the assumed high mortality rate in pre-colonial and/ or early colonial period in Tanzania. Using information collected from parish register data, this article addresses this weakness and presents three main findings. First, it points out that the causes of death depend on a number of historical, economic, social and ecological factors. Second, the article points out that the main cause(s) of death is, at any time, influenced by historical events that affect human communities. Finally, the article argues that the victims of death are not 'any' or 'all' but rather those who, according to the historical situation of the time, are the 'weak link', and the most exposed and most vulnerable to conditions of death.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Colonial Period, Mortality,Tanzania,Peramiho,
Subjects: Demography > Population studies
Divisions: Other
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 08:09
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/344

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