Becoming Zimbabwe: A History from the Pre-colonial Period to 2008
Brian Raftopoulos, Alois Mlambo
African Books Collective, Dec 31, 2008 - History - 260 pages
Becoming Zimbabwe is the first comprehensive history of Zimbabwe, spanning the years from 850 to 2008.
In 1997. the then Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade unions, Morgan Tsvangirai, expressed the need for a "more open and critical process of writing history in Zimbabwe...The history of a nation-in-the-making should not be reduced to a selective heroic tradition, but should be a tolerant and continuing process of questioning and re-examination.'
Becoming Zimbabwe tracks the idea of national belonging and citizenship and explores the nature of state rule, the changing contours of the political economy, and the regional and international dimensions of the country's history.
In their Introduction, Brian Raftopoulos and Alois Mlambo enlarge on these themes and Gerald Mazarire's opening chapter sets the pre-colonial background. Sabelo Ndlovu tracks the history up to WWII and Alois Ilambo reviews developments in the settler econocy and she emergence of nationalism leading
to UDI in 1965. The politics and economics of the UDI period, and the subsequent war of liberation, are covered by Joesph Mtisi, Munyaradzi Nyakudya and Teresa Barnes.
After independence in 1980, Zimbabwe enjoyed a period of buoyancy and hope. James Muzondidya's chapter details the transistion 'from buoyancy to crisis', and Brian Raftopoulos concludes the book with an analysis of the decade-long crisis and the global political agreement which followed.
'.. a profoundly new history of Zimbabwe that tears apart all of the old certainties...'
1 Reflections on PreColonial Zimbabwe c 8501880s
2 Mapping Cultural and Colonial Encounters 1880s1930s
3 From the Second World War to UDI 19401965
4 Social and Economic Developments during the UDI Period
5 War in Rhodesia 19651980
6 From Buoyancy to Crisis 19801997
African Middle Class African nationalism African political areas Beach became Bhebe British BSAC Bulawayo cent Chimurenga colonial conﬂict constitution crisis culture deﬁned Democracy democratic dynasty early economic elections elite emerged ethnic farmers Federation ﬁght ﬁrst forces government’s groups guerrillas Gukurahundi Gweru Harare History human rights Ibid independence Industrial inﬂuence Joshua Nkomo Karanga labour movement land leaders Lobengula London Mambo Press Mandaza Mashonaland Matabeleland mobilisation Moyo Mugabe Munhumutapa Mutapa nationalist Native Ndebele Ndlovu-Gatsheni Nkomo ofﬁcial organisations peasants People’s period Phimister Political Economy Politics in Zimbabwe population Portuguese post-colonial pre-colonial racial Raftopoulos Ranger Rhodesian Front rise Robert Mugabe Rozvi ruling party rural Salisbury sanctions Second Chimurenga settler Shona signiﬁcant Sithole social South Africa Southern Rhodesia state’s struggle Trade Unions University of Zimbabwe urban vanyai veterans violence Weaver Press women workers Zambezi Zambia ZANLA ZANU ZANU(PF ZAPU ZCTU Zimbabwean ZIPRA