Liberal Nationalism In Central Africa: A Biography Of Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula by G. Macola

Liberal Nationalism In Central Africa: A Biography Of Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula

byG. Macola

Hardcover | February 10, 2010

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This book transforms our understanding of the recent political history of Central Africa. It charts the complex life and thought of Harry Nkumbula (ca. 1917–1983), the first openly nationalist African politician in Northern Rhodesia and, later, the leader of parliamentary opposition during Zambia’s multi-party First Republic. Based mainly on his personal papers and the newly opened archives of UNIP, Zambia’s ruling party between 1964 and 1991, the volume looks at how Nkumbula imagined a Zambian nation for the first time and, later, presented a liberal alternative to dominant state-led models of political and economic development. By exploring the trajectory of Nkumbula’s ANC, a minority liberal party with strong ethnic roots, the book throws new light on the under-acknowledged fractiousness of Zambian nationalism and warns against reading African post-colonial politics solely in terms of clientelism.

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Giacomo Macola is Lecturer in African History at the University of Kent in the UK and Researcher at Leiden University in The Netherlands.
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Title:Liberal Nationalism In Central Africa: A Biography Of Harry Mwaanga NkumbulaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:February 10, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230622747

ISBN - 13:9780230622746

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Historical Biography and Rival African Nationalisms * Imagining the Nation: Methodism, History and Politics in Nkumbula’s Early Years * ‘The Father of Zambian Politics’ between Padmore and Maala * The Explosion of Contradictions * Nkumbula, UNIP and the Roots of Authoritarianism in Nationalist Zambia * Resisting UNIP: Liberal Democracy and Ethnic Politics in Zambia’s First Republic * ‘The Last Battle I Will Ever Fight’: Nkumbula and the Drive towards the One-Party State * Epilogue: Nkumbula’s Last Initiatives and Legacy

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“In this most accomplished of books, Giacomo Macola has completely reworked the significance of Nkumbula’s life and times. Macola successfully invests the study of nationalism with an historical complexity that until very recently had largely escaped its academic practitioners. This excellent book rescues Nkumbula from the condescension of posterity, even as it marks the coming of age of Central African biography.”—Journal of African History