Soldiers in Zimbabwe's Liberation War

Overview

Zimbabwe's Liberation War started with incursions by tiny guerrilla groups and then built up until the settler regime finally had to negotiate a settlement in 1980. This book looks at the realities of the war and what happened afterwards, rather than at the comfortable myths. Both heroic and terrible deeds are recorded. There are both idealistic hopes and cynical compromises. It is centred on ordinary soldiers and people who sacrificed their lives to achieve advances and victories, and suffered the consequences ...
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Overview

Zimbabwe's Liberation War started with incursions by tiny guerrilla groups and then built up until the settler regime finally had to negotiate a settlement in 1980. This book looks at the realities of the war and what happened afterwards, rather than at the comfortable myths. Both heroic and terrible deeds are recorded. There are both idealistic hopes and cynical compromises. It is centred on ordinary soldiers and people who sacrificed their lives to achieve advances and victories, and suffered the consequences of retreats and defeats. It is history told and experienced by the soldiers themselves, not the 'official' and 'authorized' account by leaders. This book compares strategies used by all the main players - ZIPRA, ZIPA, ZANLA and the Rhodesian Forces. It discusses the Nhari rebellion and the March 11 Movement, the Fifth Brigade and the 'dissidents'. The volume further examines the integration of the armies after 1980, analyses the politics of creating war heroes and discusses life after the war for ex-combatants.
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Editorial Reviews

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These volumes provide signposts for researchers to begin to ask new questions about the events of the wars. - Diane Jeater in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY These two volumes represent the most important critical collection of work on the liberation struggle in Zimbabwe. The range of the studies provides an impressive overview of the complex responses of various social forces to the liberation war... - Brian Raftopoulos in JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN STUDIES ...a brief but valuable collection... - Basil Davidson in THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT This work is an important landmark in the history of Zimbabwe's independence war and it will provide an important focus for not only military, social and economic historians, but also non-specialist readers with an interest in this fascinating conflict and its immediate aftermath. - Edmund Yorke, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in THE JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL & COMMONWEALTH HISTORY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780852556597
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/21/1995
  • Series: Social History of Africa
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Terence Ranger is Emeritus Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, University of Oxford and Visiting Professor of History at the University of Zimbabwe.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acknowledgements
General Introduction 1
Volume Introduction 6
1 ZIPRA in the Zimbabwe War of National Liberation 24
2 Recruitment to ZANLA: Building up a War Machine 36
3 Daring to Storm the Heavens: The Military Strategy of ZAPU, 1976-79 48
4 The Zimbabwe People's Army: Strategic Innovation or More of the Same? 73
5 The Rhodesian Security and Intelligence Community, 1960-1980 87
6 The Metamorphosis of the 'Unorthodox': The Integration and Early Development of the Zimbabwean National Army 104
7 The Heroes' Struggle: Life after the Liberation War for Four Ex Combatants in Zimbabwe 118
8 The Politics of Creating National Heroes: The Search for Political Legitimacy and National Identity 139
9 Making Peace with the Past: War Victims and the Work of the Mafela Trust 163
Notes 174
Bibliography 199
Index 203
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