During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the fertile islands of Zanzibar and Pemba became of central importance to East Africa’s growing contact with the international economy as the ruling dynasty encouraged trade in cloves, slaves and ivory. This book, first published in 1978, provides an account of the history of Zanzibar from those early days of trade up to independence and the Revolution that removed the Arab ruling class in 1964.
1. Early History 2. The Rise of Zanzibar 3. The Flourishing Years 4. The Loss of Independence 5. British Rule in Zanzibar, 1890-1914 6. British Rule in Zanzibar, 1914-45 7. The Downfall of the Arab State of Zanzibar