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The Creation Of Tribalism In Southern Africa

by Leroy Vail

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John Flint, International History Review
"[This] remarkably fine and original book leaves the historian with the exciting feeling that modern African historiography is on the verge of an almost complete revision and reevaluation. . . . [Vail's] brilliant introduction . . . is perhaps the best short discussion of the phenomenon of African 'tribalism' yet to appear and should become required reading for all students of modern Africa."

Leonard Thompson, African Studies Review
"The book's wealth of detail greatly enhances our understanding of the volatility and complexity of ethnic consciousness and ethnic behavior, and the essays add substantially to our knowledge of particular societies."

P.C.W. Gutkind, Choice
"An important contribution to a complex and seminal issue, treated in depth and without jargon. A must for all Africanists, faculty, graduate students, upper-division undergraduates, and those trying to understand 'tribalism.'"

Book Description
Despite a quarter century of "nation building," most African states are still driven by ethnic particularism--commonly known as "tribalism." The stubborn persistence of tribal ideologies despite the profound changes associated with modernization has puzzled scholars and African leaders alike. The bloody hostilities between the tribally-oriented Zulu Inkhata movement and supporters of the African National Congress are but the most recent example of tribalism's tenacity. The studies in this volume offer a new historical model for the growth and endurance of such ideologies in southern Africa.

About the Author
Leroy Vail is Professor of History, Harvard University.



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