ISBN 9781779220257
Pages 292
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2004
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Zimbabwe. The Past is the Future

edited by David Harold-Barry

Those for whom Zimbabwe is home do not always share the dismissive judgements of their country, pronounced by much of the Western media. Nevertheless they do acknowledge some of the essential truths these may contain. The most persistent judgement and point of agreement is that one political party’s overriding ‘policy’ is the preservation of itself in power, no matter the consequences.

The contributors to the book, all Zimbabweans by birth or by adoption, argue that although this is not a sustainable policy in the long run, it may persist in the shorter term. To break the deadlock requires an understanding of the processes that have brought the country to its present state. The essays pose and respond to a range of questions concerning politics, the land, the environment, economics, civil rights, torture, the opposition, the press, Robert Mugabe, and the ideologies informing the decisions of those in power before and since independence. Contributors include Brian Raftopoulos, Godfrey Kanyenze, Emmanuel Manzungu, and Chido Makunike.

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'This book is an invaluable collection of documents on our present situation in Zimbabwe, under a wide range of aspects, from people of widely different backgrounds and even a range of opinions that we see too rarely within one cover these days.'

Zimbabwe Independent

'This impressive volume brings together the views of influential Zimbabwean intellectuals as well as less well-known Zimbabwean voices to offer an important and much needed insiders' assessment of the current crisis...This is an important and very useful collection...It serves as a reminder of why engaged scholarship remains vital and an example of how well it can be done.'

African Studies Review

'...this book is rich in insightful empirical examples, historical facts, and the very divisive moral terrain that Zimbabweans are marking out, as they examine the struggle through varied understandings of the past and the present  to try and achieve a better future.'

Journal of Modern African Studies

About the Editor

David Harold-Barry

David Harold-Barry is a Jesuit priest from Ireland who has spent fifty-five years in Zimbabwe, the first fourteen in Rhodesia. He spent twenty-five years at Silveira House, a Leadership Training and Development Centre, where he had ample opportunity to witness the frustration of people both before and after independence. The reasons were different, but the underlying structures that caused the frustration were the same. Besides writing a column in The Zimbabwean and producing two books, one about the Jesuits killed in the war and the other a collection of essays on the situation in Zimbabwe at the turn of the century, he has also been engaged in training young Jesuits, giving retreats, working in prisons and starting a community of l'Arche for people living with intellectual disabilities.

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