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The urban roots of democracy and political violence in Zimbabwe : Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964 /
Timothy Scarnecchia.
imprint
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2008.
description
xiii, 220 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
1580462812 (alk. paper), 9781580462815 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2008.
isbn
1580462812 (alk. paper)
9781580462815 (alk. paper)
contents note
Charles Mzingeli's leadership and imperial working-class citizenship -- Township protest politics -- Resistance to the Urban Areas act and women's political influence -- Changing tactics : youth league politics and the end of accommodation -- The early sixties : violent protest and "sellout" politics -- The "imperialist stooge" and new levels of "sellout" political violence -- The ZAPU-ZANU split and the battlegrounds of Harare and Highfield.
catalogue key
6631074
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
A timely examination of African politics during the formative years of Zimbabwean nationalism.
Main Description
The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe details a democratic tradition developed in the 1940s and 1950s, and a movement that would fall victim to an increasingly elitist and divisive political culture by the 1960s. Providing biographical sketches of key personalities within the genealogy of nationalist politics, Timothy Scarnecchia weaves an intricate narrative that traces the trajectories of earlier democratic traditions in Zimbabwe, including women's political movements, township organizations, and trade unions. This work suggests that intense rivalries for control of the nationalist leadership after 1960, the "sell-out" politics of that period, and Cold War funding for rival groups contributed to a unique political impasse, ultimately resulting in the largely autocratic and violent political state today. The author further proposes that this recourse to political violence, "top-down" nationalism, and the abandonment of urban democratic traditions are all hallmarks of a particular type of nationalism equally unsustainable in Zimbabwe then as it is now. Timothy Scarnecchia is assistant professor of African history at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Notes to the Readerp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Charles Mzingeli's Leadership and Imperial Working-Class Citizenshipp. 12
Township Protest Politicsp. 29
Resistance to the Urban Areas Act and Women's Political Influencep. 49
Changing Tactics: Youth League Politics and the End of Accommodationp. 69
The Early Sixties: Violent Protests and "Sellout" Politicsp. 94
The "Imperialist Stooge" and New Levels of "Sellout" Political Violencep. 114
The ZAPU-ZANU Split and the Battlegrounds of Harare and Highfieldp. 134
Conclusionp. 158
Notesp. 165
Selected Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 211
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