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The Zimbabwe Question and the Two Lefts

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This article identifies the two currents that have divided the Left over the Zimbabwe question. It argues that in the course of the radicalisation of the Zimbabwean state, 'Two Lefts' emerged, the so-called 'internationalist' and the 'nationalist', to take up opposite positions over a series of political questions, most notably the agrarian question and the national question. The article defends the nationalist Left and offers a critique of the 'internationalist' Left through a discussion of contemporary imperialism, the neocolonial state, and civil society.

Affiliations: 1: African Institute of Agrarian Studies, Harare;, Email:; 2: International Relations, Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte;, Email:


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