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  • 3 tables
  • Page extent: 316 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 968.9105/1
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DT2996 .K75 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Zimbabwe--Politics and government--1980-
    • Political violence--Zimbabwe
    • Zimbabwe--History--Chimurenga War, 1966-1980--Veterans
    • Veterans--Political activity--Zimbabwe

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521818230 | ISBN-10: 0521818230)

Zimbabwe's guerrilla veterans have burst into the international media as the storm troopers in Mugabe's new war of economic liberation. In this book, Norma Kriger gives the unfolding contemporary drama a historical background, and shows continuities between the present and past. Between 1980 and 1987, guerrilla veterans and the ruling party colluded with and manipulated each other to build power and privilege in the army, police, bureaucracy and among workers. Both relied chiefly on violence and appeals to their participation in the anti-colonial liberation war as they sought to vanquish their then political opponents. Today, violence and a liberation war discourse continue to be salient as Mugabe's party and its guerrilla veterans struggle to maintain power through land invasions and purges of a new political opposition. This study gives a critical review of guerrilla programs and the war-to-peace transitions literatures, thus changing the way we view post-conflict societies.

• 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


List of tables; Acknowledgements; Chronology (1889–1980); List of abbreviations; Map; 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; Notes; References; List of pseudonyms used in the text; Index.


'Kriger's book is a source of enlightenment about the commitment of the ruling party and guerrilla veterans in post-colonial Zimbabwe.' E-Extreme

'… an important piece of research, highly relevant to what is going on today in Zimbabwe.' The Round Table

'… an important corrective to those who fail to see the seeds of the country's current crisis in its history.' Development and Change

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