Magomero: Portrait of an African Village / Edition 1

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An insider's view of African historians' principal concerns—the slave trade, Christian missions, colonialism, land alienation and nationalism—is presented through this personalized account of a Malawi village from 1859 to the present.

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"Beautifully written, with a novelist's feel for story-telling and a poet's sensitivity to people and place...a work of meticulous scholarship...a major work of Malawian history, the most informative account to have been published on economic and social change in any part of the country." Journal of African History

"Magomero is not only beautifully written, but informed by a fine and appropriate sense of historical its historical perspective, its sensitivity to present local perceptions of the past, and above all for the manner in which it is written, it offers a model for the advancement of ethnography." Man

"Landeg White's elegant book is something of a minor masterpiece and may well influence writing about Africa more than its size, or the importance of its subject, would suggest at first...this book is a model of how to treat weighty matters with a lightness of touch and a readability that are wholly admirable." American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521389099
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of maps; Preface; Part I. The Mang'anja Village: 1. 1859–1863: one of the neatest we have ever seen; Part II. The Lomwe Village: 2. 1901–1915: this place is wonderful; 3. 1915–1945: my children's market is the graveyard; 4. 1945–1985: John Chilembwe will make everything shine; Sources; Index.

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