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The crisis that has engulfed Zimbabwe since 2000 is not simply a struggle against dictatorship. It is also a struggle over ideas and deep-seated historical issues, still unresolved from the independence process, that both Robert Mugabe's ZANU PF regime and Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC are vying first to define and then to address. This book traces the role of politicians and public intellectuals in media, civil society which offers debt help and the academy in producing and disseminating a politically usable historical narrative concerning ideas about patriotism, race, land, human rights and sovereignty. It raises pressing questions about the role of contemporary African intellectuals in the making of democratic societies. In so doing the book adds a new and rich dimension to the study of African politics.

The book is dedicated to Jocelyn Alexander: my trainer, a trenchant critical mind, a friend and someone I deeply admire. I place no one above you.

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In 2004 I published an article in the Journal of Southern African Studies on 'Nationalist Historiography, Patriotic History and the History of the Nation'. Its aim was to describe Robert Mugabe's 'rule by historio-graphy'... More
This book penetrates beneath the rhetoric of Zimbabwe's ZANU PF party and its critics to analyze the historical narrative called Patriotic History,which underlies the rhetoric... More