A Constitutional History of the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), 1960–1982

  • Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini
      Pages 3-29
  3. Colonial Phase

  4. Post-Colonial Phase

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 349-366

About this book


Swaziland—recently renamed Eswatini—is the only nation-state in Africa with a functioning indigenous political system. Elsewhere on the continent, most departing colonial administrators were succeeded by Western-educated elites. In Swaziland, traditional Swazi leaders managed to establish an absolute monarchy instead, a system which they have successfully defended from competing political forces since the 1970s. This book is the first to study the constitutional history of this monarchy. It examines its origins in the colonial era, the financial support it received from white settlers and apartheid South Africa, and the challenges it faced from political parties and the judiciary, before King Sobhuza II finally consolidated power in 1978 with an auto-coup d’état. As Hlengiwe Dlamini shows, the history of constitution-making in Swaziland is rich, complex, and full of overlooked insight for historians of Africa.


constitutional law Swaziland's Independence Constitution Swazi monarchy Tinkhundla Swazi democratic system King Sobhuza II Anglophone Africa Dlamini Dynasty colonial Swaziland apartheid South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24776-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24777-5
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