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Historical dictionary of Malawi /
Owen J. M. Kalinga, Cynthia A. Crosby.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
description
xliv, 487 p.
ISBN
0810834812 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
isbn
0810834812 (alk. paper)
general note
Rev. ed. of: Historical dictionary of Malawi / Cynthia A. Crosby. 2nd ed. 1993.
catalogue key
4596400
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
Kalinga, a native of Malawi, educated there and in Britain, offers the third edition of this subject encyclopedia about Malawi (formerly the British protectorate of Nyasaland and a very small land-locked southern central country in Africa). This edition uses as foundation the two previous editions by Cynthia Crosby (1980, 1993), updating them and adding information. It includes acronyms and abbreviations, three maps, a chronology beginning with the early Stone Age through 2000, and a brief introduction covering economic, social, historical, and political aspects. The main part of the book consists of over 900 entries, alphabetically arranged, that vary in length from one or two sentences to the eight-page entry for Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president 1963-94. Most entries cover people, but topical entries include places, ethnic groups, political parties, organizations, crops, institutions, and publications. A 62-page bibliography, arranged topically, includes articles, books, dissertations, and government publications but cites only about 150 entries with publication dates since 1993, when the second edition was published. There are numerous cross-references. Recommended for libraries, upper-division through faculty, supporting study of Africa. K. Y. Stabler New Mexico State University
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...fascinating and extremely readable...
Kalinga, a native of Malawi...offers the third edition of this subject encyclopedia about Malawi...Recommended for libraries, upper-division through faculty, supporting study of Africa.
Praise for previous editions: ...well and succinctly documented.......
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Summaries
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This updated and expanded edition contains 1000 entries, covering topics such as war, disease, the rise and fall of state systems, religious and socio-political movements, natural sciences, the environment, transport and the economy.
Long Description
This third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Malawi is a greatly expanded and updated version of early ones. Containing over 1000 entries, it is the most extensive single-volume reference book on Malawi covering a broad range of fields, including war, disease, the rise and fall of state systems, religious socio-political movements, natural sciences, the environment, transport and the economy. The Dictionary charts developments from prehistory to post-Banda Malawi, from Tom Bokwito to James Sangala, and the UMCA Mission at Magomero to the general elections of 1999, paying particular attention to individuals, groups and forces that have molded this Southern African country. The book is user-friendly: it has a chronology section containing important dates and events; all entries are in alphabetical order; it also has a long informative bibliographical section, organized according to subjects such as biography, culture, the economy, gender, government, history, law, literature, and medicine and science. The last part of the bibliography is a list of current and obsolete newspapers and periodicals relating to Malawi. The dictionary answers the need for a comprehensive reference book on Malawi. It is detailed and wide-ranging in its coverage of subjects, and should be an essential companion for students, teachers, scholars and general readers interested in learning and understanding more about the past and present of the Lake Malawi region.
Main Description
The most extensive single-volume reference book on Malawi, covering a broad range of fields, including war, disease, the rise and fall of state systems, religious and socio-political movements, natural sciences, the environment, transport and the economy. Should be an essential companion of students, teachers, scholars and general readers interested in learning about, and understanding, the past and present of the Lake Malawi region.

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