Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the Present by Jan Bender ShetlerImagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the Present by Jan Bender Shetler

Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the Present

byJan Bender Shetler

Paperback | June 12, 2007

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Many students come to African history with a host of stereotypes that are not always easy to dislodge. One of the most common is that of Africa as safari grounds—as the land of expansive, unpopulated game reserves untouched by civilization and preserved in their original pristine state by the tireless efforts of contemporary conservationists. With prose that is elegant in its simplicity and analysis that is forceful and compelling, Jan Bender Shetler brings the landscape memory of the Serengeti to life. She demonstrates how the social identities of western Serengeti peoples are embedded in specific spaces and in their collective memories of those spaces. Using a new methodology to analyze precolonial oral traditions, Shetler identifies core spatial images and reevaluates them in their historical context through the use of archaeological, linguistic, ethnographic, ecological, and archival evidence. Imagining Serengeti is a lively environmental history that will ensure that we never look at images of the African landscape in quite the same way.

Jan Bender Shetler is an associate professor of African and world history at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. She is the author of Telling Our Own Stories: Local Histories from South Mara, Tanzania.
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Title:Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Time to the PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821417509

ISBN - 13:9780821417508

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“Shetler provides a thorough critique of...colonial conservation policy, which, without reference to the region’s ecological or social past, redefined the Serengeti as a wilderness, initiating a process of fortress conservation.... The book’s pronounced spatial perspectives and ecological focus demonstrate how meaningful the history of a place is to the people whose ancestors claimed, measured and manipulated this region.”—Journal of African History