University of California Press: April 1997
This is the first extended study of one of the most historically and culturally interesting regions of Tanzania in East Africa. Mountain Farmers
is a detailed comparative history of two ethnic groups who share one mountain home--the Meru are traditionally farmers; the Arusha cattle-herders related to the Maasai. Thomas Spear's engaging study, based on recent archival and field research, ranges across several centuries of political and economic history, comparing the responses of these very different peoples to the settlement of Mount Meru, to colonial conquest, and to increasing land sh... View More...