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Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe

Politics, Power, and Memory

  • Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni


  • Presents the first academic study of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo’s life and legacy

  • Utilizes a rich interdisciplinary approach, examining Nkomo’s life from historical, literary, cultural, political, and philosophical angles

  • Argues for Nkomo’s role in Zimbabwean and postcolonial African history as a philosopher of liberation and decolonial humanist


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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni, Busani Mpofu
      Pages 299-322
    3. Sylvester Dombo
      Pages 373-387

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

About the editors

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Professor at the University of South Africa. His recent publications include Mugabeism: History, Power and Politics in Zimbabwe (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe
  • Book Subtitle Politics, Power, and Memory
  • Editors Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni
  • Series Title African Histories and Modernities
  • Series Abbreviated Title African Histories and Modernities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-60554-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86887-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-60555-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 454
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics African History
    African Politics
    African Culture
    International Relations
    Political Leadership
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