Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe

Politics, Power, and Memory

  • Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Imperialism, Nationalism, Liberation and Leadership

  3. Legacy, Diplomacy, Political Philosophy and Fatherhood

  4. Nation-Building, Persecution, Autobiography and Rehabilitation

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 441-454

About this book


This book is a pioneering study of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, a Zimbabwean nationalist whose crucial role in the country’s anti-colonial struggle has largely gone unrecognized. These essays trace his early influence on Zimbabwean nationalism in the late 1950s and his leadership in the armed liberation movement and postcolonial national-building processes, as well as his denigration by the winners of the 1980 elections, Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. The Nkomo that emerges is complex and contested, the embodiment of Zimbabwe’s tortured trajectory from colony to independent postcolonial state. This is an essential corrective to the standard history of twentieth-century Zimbabwe, and an invaluable resource for scholars of African nationalist liberation movements and nation-building.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
    • 1
  1. 1.Archie Mafeje Research InstituteUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60554-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60555-5
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