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Guerrilla Veterans in Post-war Zimbabwe
Symbolic and Violent Politics, 1980–1987

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511055003

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  • This critical examination of post-war of independence peace settlement and veterans' programs is the first extended study of the complicit relationship between the ruling party and the veterans. It shows continuities in the relationship between President Mugabe's government and guerrilla veterans in the first seven years in contemporary Zimbabwe (1980-1987). As the recent election has demonstrated, Mugabe and the veterans continue to collaborate, using violence and liberation war rhetoric to maintain power through land invasions and political purges.

    • Historical insight into contemporary politics in Zimbabwe
    • A Revisionist understanding of Zimbabwe's peace settlement and guerrilla integration programs
    • A critique of peace-building studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " outstanding book..." Zibani Maundeni, University of Bostwana, Mobilization

    "Kriger's in-depth analysis breaks new ground in research on postconflict solutions for divided societies as well as Zimbabwe's unique postindependence era, which seems unduly affected by internal influences developed during the nationalist struggle. The footnotes and bibliography are exceptionally useful. Highly recommended." Choice

    "[Kriger's] examination of the construction of a new political order in Zimbabwe is fresh and provides a challenging way for social scientists to view peace-building and post-conflict societies." Journal of Military History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511055003
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    Chronology (1889–1980)
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The peace settlement
    3. The assembly phase
    4. Military integration
    5. Employment programs for the demobilized
    6. Conclusion
    Epilogue: the past in the present
    Appendix: the ruling party's attempts to withdraw ex-combatants' special status and ex-combatants' responses, 1988–97
    List of pseudonyms used in the text

  • Author

    Norma J. Kriger
    Norma Kriger worked for twelve years in the political science faculty at The John Hopkins University. Since then she has been an independent scholar.

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