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A History of Malawi: 1859-1966

A History of Malawi: 1859-1966

by John McCracken


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This is the first comprehensive history of Malawi during the colonial period. Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources, John McCracken places this history within the context of the pre-colonial past. Central themes are the shaping of the colonial economy, the influence of Christianity, resistance to colonial occupation and the rise of a powerful nationalist movement that contained within it the seeds of a new authoritarianism. In particular, the author demonstrates the interrelationship between environmental and economic change and the impact these forces had on the Malawian peasantry. Space is also given to less mainstream activities including the creation of dance societies, the eruption of witchcraft eradication movements and the emergence of football as a popular sport.

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ISBN-13: 9781847010643
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Pages: 503
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

The Land and the People
Commerce, Christianity and Colonial Conquest
The Making of the Colonial Economy, 1891-1915
Religion, Culture and Society
The Chilembwe Rising
Malawi and the First World War
Planters, Peasants and Migrants: the Interwar Years
The Great Depression and its Aftermath
Contours of Colonialism
The Age of Development
The Urban Experience
Peasants and Politicians, 1943-1953
The Liberation Struggle, 1953-1959
The Making of Malawi, 1959-1963
Prelude to Independence: Unity and Diversity
Revolt and Realignment, 1964-1966

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