Last British Liberals In Africa

Last British Liberals In Africa

by Dickson A. Mungazi
     
 

A study of the clash of two traditions, British liberalism and African nationalism, and an examination of how Michael Blundell in Kenya and Garfield Todd in Zimbabwe used their liberal backgrounds to further the future of their adopted countries, despite threats and detention. Both Blundell and Todd believed that political leaders had a responsibility to serve the

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A study of the clash of two traditions, British liberalism and African nationalism, and an examination of how Michael Blundell in Kenya and Garfield Todd in Zimbabwe used their liberal backgrounds to further the future of their adopted countries, despite threats and detention. Both Blundell and Todd believed that political leaders had a responsibility to serve the needs of the people as a condition of national development. By the time each came to power, European colonization had had a profoundly negative effect on the lives of Africans; Blundell and Todd sought to correct this by putting their positive views of Africans into practice.

While colonial governments designed strategies for controlling Africans to serve political and economic interests at home in Europe, Africans themselves established their own effective strategy, not only to ensure their survival in the colonial setting, but also to initiate a process for the restoration of their sense of self. Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd, with their liberal beliefs, served as excellent allies in this period of a rising African consciousness. Using sources obtained in Kenya and Zimbabwe over the past 15 years, this work examines democratic traditions that have survived tumultuous times in recent years.

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Argues that Blundell played a major role in the political transformation of Kenya from 1948 to 1962, as Todd did in Zimbabwe from 1946 to 1980. Produces evidence that both were motivated by the 20th-century liberal philosophy in which political leaders are responsible for serving the needs of the people as a condition of national development, and strived to mitigate the impact of European colonization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275962838
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/1999
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

DICKSON A. MUNGAZI is Regent's Professor of History at the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of numerous books on African political history and education, including The Mind of Black Africa (Praeger, 1996), and The Last Defenders of the Laager: Ian D. Smith and F. W. de Klerk (Praeger, 1998).

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