African Studies: Guerrilla Veterans in Post-war Zimbabwe: Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980-1987 Series Number 105 (Hardback)
  • African Studies: Guerrilla Veterans in Post-war Zimbabwe: Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980-1987 Series Number 105 (Hardback)
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African Studies: Guerrilla Veterans in Post-war Zimbabwe: Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980-1987 Series Number 105 (Hardback)

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Hardback 316 Pages / Published: 29/05/2003
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Zimbabwe's guerrilla veterans have burst into the international media as the storm troopers in Mugabe's new war of economic liberation. In this book, Norma Kriger gives the unfolding contemporary drama a historical background, and shows continuities between the present and past. Between 1980 and 1987, guerrilla veterans and the ruling party colluded with and manipulated each other to build power and privilege in the army, police, bureaucracy and among workers. Both relied chiefly on violence and appeals to their participation in the anti-colonial liberation war as they sought to vanquish their then political opponents. Today, violence and a liberation war discourse continue to be salient as Mugabe's party and its guerrilla veterans struggle to maintain power through land invasions and purges of a new political opposition. This study gives a critical review of guerrilla programs and the war-to-peace transitions literatures, thus changing the way we view post-conflict societies.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521818230
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Kriger's book is a source of enlightenment about the commitment of the ruling party and guerrilla veterans in post-colonial Zimbabwe.' E-Extreme
'... an important piece of research, highly relevant to what is going on today in Zimbabwe.' The Round Table
'... an important corrective to those who fail to see the seeds of the country's current crisis in its history.' Development and Change
"...an outstanding book..." Zibani Maundeni, University of Bostwana, Mobilization
"Kriger's in-depth analysis breaks new ground in research on postconflict solutions for divided societies as well as Zimbabwe's unique postindependence era, which seems unduly affected by internal influences developed during the nationalist struggle. The footnotes and bibliography are exceptionally useful. Highly recommended." Choice
"[Kriger's] examination of the construction of a new political order in Zimbabwe is fresh and provides a challenging way for social scientists to view peace-building and post-conflict societies." Journal of Military History

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