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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Alexandra Fuller
0375758992
March 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
A classic is born in this tender, intensely moving and even delightful journey through a white African girl's childhood. Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Fuller was conceived and bred on African soil during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five "learn[ed] how to load an FN rifle magazine, strip and clean all the guns in the house, and ultimately, shoot-to-kill." With a unique and subtle sensitivity to racial issues, Fuller describes her parents' racism and the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's watchful eyes. Curfews and war, mosquitoes, land mines, ambushes and "an abundance of leopards" are the stuff of this childhood. "Dad has to go out into the bush... and find terrorists and fight them"; Mum saves the family from an Egyptian spitting...


Magomero : Portrait of an African Village
Landeg White
0521389097
September 14, 1989
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Review
'This is one of those very rare books that can be recommended with equal enthusiasm to the professional Africanist and the general reader. Beautifully written, with a novelist's feel for storytelling and a poet's sensitivity to people and place ... Few other books I can think of so effectively capture the authentic flavor of an African community over an extended period of time. Certainly there is none that does it with such humour and grace.' John McCracken, The Journal of African History
'A masterpiece of historical writing, incorporating a diverse array of oral and written sources. Beyond being definitive, it is also an engaging read.' Africana Journal
'White's book, written with such grace and humanity, so rich in its detail, so searching in its insights, is a triumphant vindication of the importance of local,...


Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier
Alexandra Fuller
0143035010
April 2005
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Book Review
Thomas Wolfe's trusted axiom about not being able to go home again gets a compelling spin through the African veldt in Alexandra Fuller's Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier. Fuller (Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight : An African Childhood) journeys through modern Zambia, to battlefields in Zimbabwe and Mozambique with the scarred veteran of the Rhodesian Wars she identifies only as "K." Intrigued by the mysterious neighbor of her parent's Zambian fish farm and further enticed by her father's warning that "curiosity scribbled the cat" ("scribbling" is Afrikaans slang for "killing"), Fuller embarks on a journey that covers as much cratered psychic landscape as it does African bush country. Though she and "K" are both African by family roots rather than blood, she quickly discovers that 30 years of civil war...


Malawi Cichlids (AquaGuide)
Peter Bredell
1842860356
September 2002
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The End of Chidyerano: A History of Food and Everyday Life in Malawi, 1860-2004 (Social History of Africa Series)
Elias C. Mandala
0325070202
October 2005
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Book Description
In this groundbreaking work, Mandala argues that there is more to food studies than the analysis of famine-- that hunger exists only as an integral part of abundance. Basing his case on the history of southern Malawi, he identifies several factors that explain why, though notorious for its annual food deficits, the region is not a land of frequent famine. By proving that seasonal hunger does not lead to famine in the absence of political crisis, and showing in detail how rare events get their meaning from the everyday, Mandela underscores the need to understand the daily and seasonal routines of food cultivation and eating in their own right.

About the Author
ELIAS C. MANDELA was born in Malawi and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Malawi. In...


Dancing Prophets : Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)
Steven M. Friedson
0226265021
September 1, 1996
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Book Description
For the Tumbuka people of Malawi, traditional medical practices are saturated with music. In this groundbreaking ethnography, Steven M. Friedson explores a health care system populated by dancing prophets, singing patients, and drummed spirits.

Tumbuka healers diagnose diseases by enacting divination trances in which they "see" the causes of past events and their consequences for patients. Music is the structural nexus where healer, patient, and spirit meet--it is the energizing heat that fuels the trance, transforming both the bodily and social functioning of the individual. Friedson shows how the sound of the ng'oma drum, the clapping of the choir, call-and-response singing, and the jangle of tin belts and iron anklets do not simply accompany other more important ritual activities--they are the very substance...


The End of Chidyerano: A History of Food and Everyday Life in Malawi, 1860-2004 (Social History of Africa Series)
Elias C. Mandala
0325070210
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this groundbreaking work, Mandala argues that there is more to food studies than the analysis of famine--that hunger exists only as an integral part of abundance. Basing his case on the history of southern Malawi, he identifies several factors that explain why, although notorious for its annual food deficits, the region is not a land of frequent famine. By proving that seasonal hunger does not lead to famine in the absence of political crisis, and showing in detail how rare events get their meaning from the everyday, Mandela underscores the need to understand the daily and seasonal routines of food cultivation and eating in their own right.

About the Author
ELIAS C. MANDALA was born in Malawi and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Malawi. In...


Independent African: John Chilembwe and the Origins, Setting and Significance of the Nyasaland Native Rising 1915
George Shepperson, Thomas Price
0852245408


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Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa
Johnston, Ferrar
9990814112
June 1989
Hardcover
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River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi, C. A. D. 1600
J. Matthew Matthew Schoffeleers
0299133249
January 1916
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Language Notes
Text: English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Introduction to the History of Central Africa: Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe
A. J. John Wills
0198730764
January 1985
Textbook Paperback
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Law, Custom, and Social Order: The Colonial Experience in Malawi and Zambia (Classics of African Studies Series)
Martin Chanock
0325000166
June 5, 1998
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Book Description
This book explores the historical formation during the colonial period of that part of African law know as customary law.


Christianity in Northern Malawi: Donald Fraser's Missionary Methods and Ngoni Culture, Vol. 15
T. Jack Thompson
9004102086
September 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
Christianity in Northern Malawi deals with the interaction of the missionary methods of the Scottish missionary Donald Fraser and the traditional culture of the Ngoni people of northern Malawi in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It looks at Ngoni origins and culture prior to first contacts with the missionaries, at the early life and ideas of Fraser, and at Fraser's disagreements with some of his Scottish colleagues. There are also sections on Ngoni interactions with the early colonial government, and the development of a genuinely Ngoni Church. The book uses primary and oral sources, some of which were not previously available.


Historical Dictionary of Malawi
Kalinga Owen J. M.
0810834812
September 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
The most extensive single-volume reference book on Malawi, covering a broad range of fields, including war, disease, the rise and fall of state systems, religious and socio-political movements, natural sciences, the environment, transport and the economy. Should be an essential companion of students, teachers, scholars and general readers interested in learning about, and understanding, the past and present of the Lake Malawi region.

About the Author
Owen J. Kalinga is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is advisor to Encyclopaedia Britannica, with special responsibility for the Eastern African region. Cynthia Crosby researches social and economic developments in Eastern Africa, and Malawi in particular; her publications included a bibliography of Kenya...


Democracy of Chameleons: Politics and Culture in the New Malawi
Harri Englund (Editor)
9171064990
January 2002
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Book Description
After thirty years of autocratic rule under "Life President" Kamuzu Banda, Malawians experienced a transition to multi-party democracy in 1994. A new constitution and several democratic institutions promised a new dawn in a country ravaged by poverty and injustice. This book presents original research on the economic, social, political and cultural consequences of the new era. A new generation of scholars, most of them from Malawi, cover virtually every issue causing debate in the New Malawi: poverty and hunger, the plight of civil servants, the role of the judiciary, political intolerance and hate speech, popular music as a form of protest, clergy activism, voluntary associations and ethnic revival, responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and controversies over women's rights. Both chameleon-like leaders and the donors of...


Revolt of the Ministers : The Malawi Cabinet Crisis 1964-1965
Colin Baker
1860646425
May 11, 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Dr. Hastings Banda, a highly respected medical doctor based for many years in London, was invited back to Nyasaland to lead the movement to independent Malawi and the Malawi National Congress. Here was, or so it seemed, a loyal and progressive Government with pro-Western leadership--a final success in the story of British decolonization. Yet within three months all but one of the cabinet ministers had resigned or were dismissed, former ministers fled the country including distinguished members of the independence movement. Even the pro-Congress Europeans feared for their lives. Colin Baker unravels this potentially disastrous episode in Malawi’s history and in the story of decolonization. He illuminates not only the immediate post-independence problems of Malawi, a newly independent African state, but charts the...


The Story of an African Famine : Gender and Famine in Twentieth-Century Malawi
Megan Vaughan
0521329175


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From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderlands
Harri Englund
0748615776
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland is the first full-length ethnography to tell villagers' stories from war to peace in Mozambique. Extended case studies of particular villages and families on the Mozambique-Malawi borderland form the core of the book. While tracing their paths to war, exile and post-war reconstruction, the book reveals the human face of national and transnational crises. This detailed study takes the reader beyond the stereotypes which often accompany interventions into humanitarian catastrophes. The villagers in this book are not nameless victims but persons with social relationships, participants, in their own ways, in the histories of colonialism, nationalism, labour migration, guerrilla war, exile, repatriation and, most recently, liberal democracy.A major contribution of the...

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