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Introduction: A New Take On Late Colonial Northern Rhodesia

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The publication of One Zambia, Many Histories inaugurated a long overdue process of revision of the historiography of post-colonial Zambia. This chapter expands on the basic argument of One Zambia, Many Histories by locating the mainsprings of many of these conflicts in the late colonial era and by throwing new light on some of the historical trajectories that the teleological gaze of politically committed social scientists has tended to ignore or belittle. The Histories believe that the politically committed social scientists has tended to ignore the mainsprings of the conflicts in the late colonial era. Apart from the work of historians and political scientists caught up in the wave of optimism that accompanied the rise of African nationalism, the other major body of scholarship bequeathed to us by the late-colonial period in Zambia consists of the foundational anthropological research carried out under the aegis of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute (RLI).

Keywords: African nationalism; late-colonial period; Rhodes-Livingstone Institute (RLI); Zambia



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