Living the End of Empire: Politics and Society in Late Colonial Zambia

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Jan-Bart Gewald, Marja Hinfelaar, Giacomo Macola
BRILL, Aug 25, 2011 - Social Science - 333 pages
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Building on the foundational work of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, the essays contained in "Living the End of Empire" offer a nuanced and complex picture of the late-colonial period in Zambia. The present volume, based on untapped archival material and sources that have emerged in recent years, throws new light on some of the historical trajectories that the teleological gaze of nationalist scholars tended to ignore or belittle. By bringing to view the deep-rooted tensions underlying the Zambian nationalist movement, the painful dilemmas faced by chiefly and religious institutions, and the contradictory experiences of European and Asian minorities, "Living the End of Empire" draws inspiration from and contributes to a growing literature that is concerned with the study of social, political and cultural forces that did not readily fit into the then dominant narratives of united anti-colonial struggles.

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Jan-Bart Gewald, Ph.D. (1996) in History, Leiden University, is a historian at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. He has published extensively on aspects of African history and is currently focusing on the relationship between people and technology in Africa. Marja Hinfelaar, Ph.D. (2001) in History, Utrecht University, is an historian working at the National Archives of Zambia, where she coordinates digitisation projects. Her research interests include the historical relationship between church and state in Zambia. Giacomo Macola, Ph.D. (2000) in History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, is Lecturer in African History at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Researcher at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He is the author of a number of monographs and articles on Zambian history. He is currently working on 'A Social History of Firearms in Central Africa to the Early Twentieth Century'.

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