The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe: Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964

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The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe details a democratic tradition developed in the 1940s and 1950s, and a movement that would fall victim to an increasingly elitist and divisive political culture by the 1960s. Providing biographical sketches of key personalities within the genealogy of nationalist politics, Timothy Scarnecchia weaves an intricate narrative that traces the trajectories of earlier democratic traditions in Zimbabwe, including women's political movements, township ...
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Overview

The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe details a democratic tradition developed in the 1940s and 1950s, and a movement that would fall victim to an increasingly elitist and divisive political culture by the 1960s. Providing biographical sketches of key personalities within the genealogy of nationalist politics, Timothy Scarnecchia weaves an intricate narrative that traces the trajectories of earlier democratic traditions in Zimbabwe, including women's political movements, township organizations, and trade unions. This work suggests that intense rivalries for control of the nationalist leadership after 1960, the "sell-out" politics of that period, and Cold War funding for rival groups contributed to a unique political impasse, ultimately resulting in the largely autocratic and violent political state today. The author further proposes that this recourse to political violence, "top-down" nationalism, and the abandonment of urban democratic traditions are all hallmarks of a particular type of nationalism equally unsustainable in Zimbabwe then as it is now. Timothy Scarnecchia is assistant professor of African history at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
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Introduction 1

1 Charles Mzingeli's Leadership and Imperial Working-Class Citizenship 12

2 Township Protest Politics 29

3 Resistance to the Urban Areas Act and Women's Political Influence 49

4 Changing Tactics: Youth League Politics and the End of Accommodation 69

5 The Early Sixties: Violent Protests and "Sellout" Politics 94

6 The "Imperialist Stooge" and New Levels of "Sellout" Political Violence 114

7 The ZAPU-ZANU Split and the Battlegrounds of Harare and Highfield 134

Conclusion 158

Notes 165

Selected Bibliography 203

Index 211

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