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The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair
Martin Meredith
1586482467
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The value of Meredith's towering history of modern Africa rests not so much in its incisive analysis, or its original insights; it is the sheer readability of the project, combined with a notable lack of pedantry, that makes it one of the decade's most important works on Africa. Spanning the entire continent, and covering the major upheavals more or less chronologically—from the promising era of independence to the most recent spate of infamies (Rwanda, Darfur, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Sierra Leone)—Meredith (In the Name of Apartheid) brings us on a journey that is as illuminating as it is grueling. The best chapters, not surprisingly, deal with the countries that Meredith knows intimately: South Africa and Zimbabwe; he is less convincing when discussing the francophone West African...


Culture and Customs of Botswana (Culture and Customs of Africa)
James Denbow, Phenyo C. Thebe
0313331782
February 28, 2006
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Book Description
Botswana's large deposits of diamonds have made it one of the richest African countries on a per capita basis. However, more than wealth, what has made Botswana a model country in southern Africa is its long tradition of democratic rule, respect for ethnic and racial differences, freedom of the press, and governmental programs to support its citizens. Even though Botswana has had its share of problems--including ecological disasters such as drought-- the spirit of its people and their willingness, despite cultural differences, to work together to overcome such setbacks make this country exceptional. General readers will find a wealth of up-to-date information on such topics as the legacy of Christian missionaries, especially the famous David Livingstone, society post-Independence, the unique blend of Christianity and...


A History of Education in the Bechuanaland Protectorate to 1965
Part Themba Mgadla
076182488X
Apr 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This book discusses and traces the history of educational development in Bechuanaland, a British Protectorate which attained independence in 1966 and became know as Botswana.


Botswana's Search for Autonomy in Southern Africa, Vol. 358
Richard Dale
0313295719
June 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
A long-time specialist on Southern African affairs explores the history of conflict and cooperation--showing how a landlocked small state reduced its dependency upon its neighbors in Southern Africa. Drawing upon first-hand information and primary sources, this analysis of low-high politics from colonial days and independence to the present, defines how political leaders and the citizenry made Bostwana one of the few stable democracies in Africa--one that has improved its economy and international standing over the last quarter century. Students, scholars, and policymakers concerned with world politics, international political economy, and African studies will find this study important for understanding the foreign policy options and policies of small and weak states today in Africa and in the international arena. ...


The Inconvenient Indigenous: Remote Area Development in Botswana, Donor Assistance and the First People of the Kalahari
Sidsel Saugestad
9171064753
May 2001
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Book Description
The book deals with the relationship between the government of Botswana and its indigenous minority, known as Bushmen, San, Basarwa, or more recently N/oakwe, and tries to understand why the San people remain a marginalized minority in a country that since independence in 1966 has committed itself to a democratic and non-racial agenda. While there have been dozens of books published on the ethnography of the San, this is the first book that places them in the comparative context of indigenous peoples' struggle for recognition. An in-depth documentation and analysis is given of a series of events in 1992 and 1993 that were crucial in establishing San indigenous organizations and identities.


Starlings Laughing: A Memoir of Africa
June Vendall Clark
0688105408


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From Publishers Weekly
Clark ( Wild Eden ) looks back on a life of adventure and personal difficulty in Africa. Raised in a Rhodesian mining town, she started a farm near Bulawayo and lived for many years in a tent on an island in the Okavango Swamp Delta in Bechuanaland (now Botswana). She and her first husband hunted crocodiles, ran safaris and convinced the local tribes to create the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the first such reserve in Africa. Clark was able to make pets of lions and jackals and survive encounters with leopards, wounded lions, pythons and veld fires, yet for 25 years she was unable to disentangle herself from her destructive marriage. Now living in England with her second husband, she paints a vivid picture of a stormy first marriage as well as of the land and the people of southern Africa during the final days of...


Agricultural Exports and Economic Growth: A Study of the Botswana Beef Industry
Michael Hubbard
0710301219
February 1987
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Chiefs, Power, and Social Change: Chiefship and Modern Politics in Botswana, 1880S-1990s
Olufemi Vaughan
1592210945
April 2003
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Book Description
This book identifies the institution of chiefship as the focal point of the critical discourse on continuity and social change in colonial and postcolonial Botswana. Analyzed within an expansive social and political context, the institution of chiefship represents a critical domain for the articulation of local values and aspirations in a rapidly changing, twentieth-century Botswana. While it underscores the central role of chiefship structures in the historical processes of state formation, this book also analyzes the transformation of the institution of chiefship in three major themes of modern Botswana’s political history: Botswana’s encounter with British imperial rule; the decolonization process of the post-World War II years; and the nation state project of a nationalist elite in the ongoing...


Fragmented Worlds, Coherent Lives: The Politics of Difference in Botswana
Pnina Motzafi-Haller
089789880X
July 2002
Hardcover
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Review
“This highly readable ethnography explores the variety of ways in which lives of the poor and marginal in Africa are fragmented.”–African Affairs
“This book will prove vital reading for hisorians, anthroplogists, political scientists, and activists interested in Botswana. Furthermore, as contemporary realities necessitate that we move beyond challenges to the dominaant colonial narratives and into a more thorough analysis of power, difference, and the production of identities within postcolonial Africa, a much broader audience of historians and anthropologists will also benefit from the insightful ethnography of Fragmented Worlds.”–International Journal of African Historical Studies
“[a]n eloquently written account of how people impose coherence in a world in which their...


Why Botswana Prospered
J. Clark Leith
0773528210
April 2006
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Review
"An absolutely splendid achievement, the book will be extremely useful to students, scholars, and others working on Botswana." Charles Harvey, development studies, University of Sussex "An informative, well-written book, the only one that tries to pose and answer the question of why Botswana prospered." Henry Rempel, professor of economics, University of Manitoba

Book Description
While most of Africa has been described as a political and economic disaster zone, Botswana stands out as a democracy that has had rapid economic growth for more than three decades. Clark Leith traces the evolution of Botswana's economic policies and democratic political systems and the forces that have shaped them since the country achieved independence in 1966. Leith shows that while other African nations...


Fragmented Worlds, Coherent Lives: The Politics of Difference in Botswana
Pnina Motzafi-Haller
0897898818
July 2002
Paperback
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Review
“This highly readable thnography explores the variety of ways in which lives of the por and marginal in Africa are fragmented.”–African Affairs

Book Description
Motzafi-Haller explores the meaning of writing in the "post" post-modernist moment, when master narratives have been questioned and the very act of representing "others" has been problematized.

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Debility And Moral Imagination in Botswana (African Systems of Thought)
Julie Livingston
0253217857
October 2005
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Book Description
In the rush to development in Botswana, and Africa more generally, changes in work, diet, and medical care have resulted in escalating experiences of chronic illness, debilitating disease, and accident. Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana documents how transformations wrought by colonialism, independence, industrialization, and development have effected changes in bodily life and perceptions of health, illness, and debility. In this intimate and powerful book, Julie Livingston explores the lives of debilitated persons, their caregivers, the medical and social networks of caring, and methods that communities have adopted for promoting well-being. Livingston traces how Tswana medical thought and practice have become intertwined with Western bio-medical ideas and techniques. By focusing on experiences and...


To Have and to Hold: Continuity and Change in Property Rights Institutions Governing Water Resources Among the Meru of Tanzania and the BaKgatla in Botswana: 1925-2000(Lund Studies in Economic History Series No.28)
Ellen Carlsson
9122020322
December 2003
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Book Description
How institutional change comes about and its underlying factors are research questions at the heart of Economic History. Within this and other disciplines there is also a concurrent debate on how property rights institutions affect management and exploitation of natural resources. In this study these two great research issues have been brought down to the local setting in order to capture the processes of continuity and change in property rights institutions governing water resources in two Sub-Sahara African communities. The aim is to increase empirical knowledge about existing property structures in this region. This is achieved through a reconstruction of how property rights institutions have developed and an identification of the motives determining their development. Property rights theory is scrutinized in...


Environment, Power, and Injustice : A South African History (Studies in Environment and History)
Nancy J. Jacobs, et al
0521811910
June 26, 2003
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Review
'... a fascinating story of the relationships of different groups of people with their environment, as they interact with each other ... a work of impeccably detailed research, supported by more than 50 pages of notes ...'. Geography
'This is a seminal contribution to southern African rural and environmental history, authoritatively meshing natural and socio-political environments in ways that make many new connections and interpretations ... Jacob's approach throughout is refreshingly nonideological and morally aware ...'. Anthony Lemon, Oxford University, Cultural Geographies

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"Jacobs is the first historian of the region to mesh the human and natural worlds successfully into a seamless socio-environmental analysis that illuminates historical issues as diverse as weather...


Botswana, 1939-1945: An African Country at War
Ashley Jackson
0198207646
February 1999
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Book Description
This is the first full study of an African country during World War II. Unusually, it provides both Africanist and imperialist perspectives. Using extensive archival and oral evidence, Jackson explores the social, economic, political, agricultural, and military histories of Botswana. He
examines Botswana's military contribution to the war effort and the impact of the war on the African home front. The book focuses on events and personalities "on the ground" in Africa, and also considers Botswana's interaction with and impact upon events and personalities in distant imperial
centers, such as Whitehall and the wartime British Army headquarters in the Middle East. The attitudes, aims, and actions of all levels of colonial society--British rulers, African chiefs, military officials, and ordinary African men and...


From Botswana to the Bering Sea: My Thirty Years With National Geographic
Thomas Y. Canby
1559635177
May 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Beginning in the glossy Kennedy era, Thomas Y. Canby traveled the world, creating texts that could stand up to his magazine's famously arresting images. From Botswana to the Bering Sea: My Thirty Years with National Geographic is a memoir written with a journalist's flair, a trained eye for detail and a determination to get the story right, whether remembering the author's global trackings of rats or his probings of the causes and horrific human toll of African famine. Photos and maps, not seen by PW. (Island/Shearwater, $24.95 288p 1-55963-517-7) "It's the invasive ones we have to watch out for, the ones that proliferate out of control, degrade our ecosystems, make us ill, and devour our crops." Not all imported flora and fauna are dangerous, but in Alien Invasion: America's Battle with Non-Native Animals and...


Historical Dictionary of Botswana
Fred Morton
0810831430
October 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Written by three scholars with close ties to the country, the dictionary offers concise descriptive entries for Botswana's significant personalities, places, events, and institutions as well as its economy, society, ethnic groups, government, and culture. Reviews of the Previous Edition: ...indispensable for almost all libraries. --ARBA The term reference work does not do justice to a book so engaging as this...a teaching tool as well as a reference tool...indispensable. --AFRICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY ...immediately enters the canon of the dozen or so essential works of reference on Botswana. --JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY

About the Author
Fred Morton, Ph.D., is Professor of History at Loras College, Iowa. He has written extensively on both East Africa and southern African slavery....


The Realm of the Word: Language, Gender, and Christianity in a Southern African Kingdom (Social History of Africa Series)
Paul Stuart Landau
043508965X
August 21, 1995
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Review
“Paul Landau's fascinating study . . . is among the best historical accounts of Christianity available for any part of Africa.”–Richard Elphick, Wesleyan University

Book Description
The Realm of the Word is the first study of mission Christianity in colonial southern Africa to treat religion and society as a coherent whole.

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Okavango Africa's Last Eden
Frans Lanting, Christine Eckstrom (Editor)
0811805271


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Book Review
Most Westerners, thanks to television documentaries and numerous books, have some inkling of the appalling destruction of Africa's many ecosystems and the animal species that live in them. Fewer are aware of the work being done in several African nations to preserve these ecosystems. The noted travel photographer Frans Lanting takes us into one protected area, the Okavango River, which begins in the mountains of Angola and ends a thousand miles later in the very heart of Botswana's Kalahari Desert, "the great thirstland." Lanting's photographs are stunning, capturing lionesses in mid hunt, ibises on the wing, and elephants preparing to charge. A trained ecologist, he also takes care to describe how the river interacts with the dry lands that surround it. Lanting's book belongs in the libraries of both Africa buffs...


No Safe Place: Incest and Defilement in Botswana
Women and Law in Southern Africa (Botswana
9991271279
January 2002
Hardcover
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