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Title:Liberation history in southern Africa
Author:Saunders, ChrisISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:anti-apartheid resistance
national liberation struggles
Pan Africanist Congress
black consciousness
community development
nuclear weapons
conference papers (form)
Abstract:The five articles collected here are revised versions of papers first presented at a workshop on 'Liberation struggles in southern Africa: new perspectives', held at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, in September 2008. Until recently, most writing on this topic was polemical, while critical scholarly history of the struggle is little developed. The first paper, by Jeremy Seekings, charts the history of what he calls 'indigenous' scholarship on South Africa's 'liberation' struggle. Arianna Lissoni examines the activities of the Pan-Africanist Congress in the former British Protectorate of Basutoland (Lesotho) in the early 1960s. Part of a larger research project on the community development programmes of the Black Consciousness movement (1969-1977), Leslie Hadfield's article focuses on the relationship between the Zanempilo Community Health Centre and the people of Zinyoka, the village in the Ciskei where Zanempilo operated. Anna-Mart van Wyk discusses an important aspect of the context in which the South African struggle took place, namely the apartheid government's development of a nuclear weapons programme. Showing how useful a comparative approach can be, Reinhart Kössler analyses how history is represented in Namibia and Zimbabwe, with a specific focus on the dynamics of the liberation movements in both countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]