Becoming Zimbabwe. A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008
A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: African Books Collective
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Introduction: The Hard Road to Becoming National
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In his autobiography, the veteran Zimbabwean nationalist leader and ‘father of the nation’, Joshua Nkomo, thanked the settler colonial state for defining, ‘once and for all, our national...
1. Reflections on Pre-Colonial Zimbabwe, c. 850–1880s
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What we know about this period of Zimbabwean history has been under constant reinterpretation. Most of what today we call pre-colonial Zimbabwean history is a product of academic theories, and of ideas popularised during and since the nationalist struggle...
2. Mapping Cultural and Colonial Encounters, 1880s–1930s
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This chapter attempts a broadly thematic and chronological account and analysis of the development of Western colonialism on the Zimbabwean plateau between the 1880s and the 1930s. It argues for a more nuanced understanding of the processes that characterised...
3. From the Second World War to UDI, 1940–1965
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The period between the outbreak of the Second World War and the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) by Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Douglas Smith in 1965 was a significant one in Zimbabwe’s history. In these years, Rhodesia experienced...
4. Social and Economic Developments during the UDI Period
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The trajectory of events in Zimbabwe’s history between 1965 and 1980 differed from that of most countries in Africa in a number of ways. Whereas a number of them attained their independence in the 1950s and 1960s, developments in Southern Rhodesia took...
5. War in Rhodesia, 1965–1980
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The attempts by the Rhodesian Front (RF) government to cushion the white population against the ‘winds of change’ were complicated by the intensifying social, economic and political crises in the country. The nationalists, however, also faced hard challenges...
6. From Buoyancy to Crisis, 1980–1997
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Zimbabwe’s post-colonial history has become the subject of many interpretations. This chapter examines the changes in the history of the country from the years of economic buoyancy and politics of reconciliation in the early 1980s, through the crisis of unity...
7. The Crisis in Zimbabwe, 1998–2008
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From the late 1990s Zimbabwe entered a period that has come to be known generally as the ‘Crisis in Zimbabwe’.1 This upheaval consisted of a combination of political and economic decline that, while it had its origins in the long-term structural...
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Notes on Contributors
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: b/w illustrations
Publication Year: 2009