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Title:Chronicle of a coup foretold: Valentine Musakanya and the 1980 coup attempt in Zambia
Author:Larmer, MilesISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:51
Issue:3
Pages:391-409
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:coups d'état
1980
autobiography
politicians
political history
About person:Valentine Musakanya (1932-1994)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23017724
Abstract:Zambia's unsuccessful coup attempt in 1980 was initiated by members of the country's intellectual and business elite, who had played a leading role in the postcolonial civil service and State bureaucracy, but who became disillusioned with the takeover of the State by the ruling party before and after the declaration of the one-party State in 1972. Among their number was Valentine Musakanya, one of those convicted for the coup attempt. Using Musakanya's biographical and other writings, this article explores his intellectual trajectory from head of the civil service to political prisoner. In so doing, it investigates the role of life writing in aiding understanding of the postcolonial political history of Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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