Historical Dictionary of Lesotho

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Scarecrow Press, Jun 13, 2013 - History - 654 pages
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Lesotho is rather different from most other African countries. For starters, it is a kingdom, which preserves a traditional hierarchy and customs, and its population consists of one fairly homogenous ethnic group, although admittedly there are differences and occasional rifts within it. Then, it is a landlocked country, completely surrounded by South Africa on which is depends heavily. Economically, it has not been doing particularly well, this partly because the country is so poorly endowed by nature, and its people often eke out a living abroad. Politically, there have been ups and downs, the downs fortunately lying in the past, with Lesotho doing somewhat better since the latest elections. Socially and culturally, as hinted, it is quite unique and this can be gathered from reading the book.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Lesotho covers the full scope of Lesotho’s ancient, colonial, and independence eras. It gives greater emphasis to the more recent period and brings the book fully up-to-date. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on civil society, key events, leaders, governmental, international, religious, and other private organizations, policies, political movements and parties, economic elements, and many other areas that have shaped the country’s trajectory. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Lesotho.
 

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The name Daniel Frederick Ellenberger on page 147 is incorrect it should be David Frederic Ellenberger. It is carved over the door to the Masitise cave house at Morija. He was my great grandfather.

Contents

Introduction
1
A
19
B
45
C
81
D
107
E
121
F
151
G
163
N
399
O
417
P
423
Q
445
R
447
S
469
T
503
U
527

H
169
I
183
J
191
K
201
L
213
M
283
V
529
W
531
Appendix
543
Bibliography
545
About the Authors
619
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Scott Rosenberg is presently a professor of history at Wittenberg University in Ohio and his specialization in Lesotho and Basotho culture and national identity. In this connection, he has written among other things Promises of Moshoeshoe: Culture, Nationalism, and Identity in Lesotho. He has visited Lesotho frequently, first in 1995-96, and more recently with Wittenberg students engaged in volunteer work.

Richard F. Weisfelder is a retired professor of political science at the University of Toledo, Ohio, who first visited Lesotho in 1965-66, taught international relations at the National University of Lesotho in 1995-96, and has returned several times since with groups of high school social studies teachers. Like Dr. Rosenberg, he has written extensively on the country and between them they produced the first edition of the Historical Dictionary of Lesotho.

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