The urban roots of democracy and political violence in Zimbabwe : Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964 /
Timothy Scarnecchia.
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2008.
xiii, 220 p. : ill., maps.
1580462812 (alk. paper), 9781580462815 (alk. paper)
More Details
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2008.
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
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
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
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem