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The last British liberals in Africa : Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd /
Dickson A. Mungazi.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
description
xvi, 285 p.
ISBN
0275962830 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
isbn
0275962830 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3234349
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-11:
Mungazi examines the careers of Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd, white liberals who each played key roles in the political transformation of colonial Kenya and Zimbabwe respectively. Blundell migrated to the colony of Kenya from England at the age of 18. Shortly after WW II, he was elected to Kenya's Legislative Council. During the Mau Mau insurrection of the 1950s he denounced the rebels and supported punitive military strikes against them. Nonetheless, when the crisis abated and independence approached, Blundell founded an interracial party and later served as Kenya's minister of agriculture. Todd's career paralleled that of Blundell. He came to Southern Rhodesia from New Zealand in 1934, working as a missionary in the colony. Between 1953 and 1958 he served as prime minister, achieving modest success in African voting rights, land tenure, and education. When his government collapsed, Todd formed the multiracial Central African Party. Mungazi's narrative, which lacks vitality and subtlety, should be of interest only to specialists. J. O. Gump; University of San Diego
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A study of the clash of two traditions, British liberalism and African nationalism, and an examination of how Michael Blundell in Kenya and Garfield Todd in Zimbabwe used their liberal backgrounds to further the future of their adopted countries, despite threats and detention. Both Blundell and Todd believed that political leaders had a responsibility to serve the needs of the people as a condition of national development. By the time each came to power, European colonization had had a profoundly negative effect on the lives of Africans; Blundell and Todd sought to correct this by putting their positive views of Africans into practice. While colonial governments designed strategies for controlling Africans to serve political and economic interests at home in Europe, Africans themselves established their own effective strategy, not only to ensure their survival in the colonial setting, but also to initiate a process for the restoration of their sense of self. Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd, with their liberal beliefs, served as excellent allies in this period of a rising African consciousness. Using sources obtained in Kenya and Zimbabwe over the past 15 years, this work examines democratic traditions that have survived tumultuous times in recent years.
Unpaid Annotation
In this study of the clash of two traditions, British liberalism and African nationalism, Mungazi examines how Michael Blundell in Kenya and Garfield Todd in Zimbabwe used their liberal backgrounds to further the future of their adopted countries, despite threats and detention. Both Blundell and Todd believed that political leaders had a responsibility to serve the needs of the people as a condition of national development. By the time each came to power, European colonization had had a profoundly negative effect on the lives of Africans; Blundell and Todd sought to correct this by putting their positive views of Africans into practice. Using sources obtained in Kenya and Zimbabwe over the past 15 years, this work examines democratic traditions that have survived tumultuous times in recent years.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
The Political History of Kenya
The Political History of Zimbabwe Michael Blundell
The Man and His Mission Garfield Todd
The Man and His Mission Michael Blundell's Role in the Political Development of Kenya Garfield Todd's Role in the Political Crisis in Zimbabwe
Blundell's Relations with Africans
Michael Blundell and Garfield
Todd as the Last British Liberals in Africa
Summary
Conclusion, and Implications
Selected Bibliography
Index
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