War Veterans in Zimbabwe's Revolution

War Veterans in Zimbabwe's Revolution

Challenging neo-colonialism and settler and international capital

Zvakanyorwa Wilbert Sadomba


James Currey



Written by a critically positioned participant in Zimbabwe's political history, this book covers more than a generation of eyewitness account and scholarly analysis by a war veteran academic and activist.
Traces the roots of Zimbabwe's well known, but little analysed, revolution of 2000 to the 1970s guerrilla war, revealing the foundational philosophies, cosmologies and experiences that are manifest in the War Veterans-led revolution.
The book is a bold account of an ongoing bottom-up struggle against neo-colonialism, settler economy and international capital. It traces the unfolding events of Zimbabwe's war of liberation, revealing little-known facts that help to explain the complexity of current politics, ideology and class conflicts.
Based on grounded empirical research this scholarly analysis differs significantly from the standard journalistic accounts of this topic. The book illustrates that the popular land occupations of 2000 were part of a much wider current under the surface that reconfigured industry, mining, finance, commerce and trade. War Veterans led a revolution that challenged the state, ruling ZANU PF, the MDC, President Robert Mugabe, settler and international capital. Zimbabwe's revolution sets a new agenda and raises anew the intriguing question 'what are the people of Africa trying to free themselves from and what are they trying to establish?'

Zvakanyorwa Wilbert Sadomba is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: Zvakanyorwa Wilbert Sadomba (PB)


January 2011
12 black and white, 3 line illustrations
259 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781847010254
Format: Hardback
James Currey
BISAC HIS001000, SOC056000, POL053000
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Table of Contents

Part I Formation of the Vanguard: Zimbabwe's Liberation War
The Journey: An Introduction
Chitepo & ZIPA Periods: 1962-1977
Third Phase of War: Roots of Mugabe Era: 1977-1979 Part II Relegation, Reorganisation & Mobilisation
Continuities & Discontinuities
Reorganisation & Social Mobilisation: 1987-1997 Part III The Revolution & its Dynamics
Early Phase of the Revolution: 1998-2000
Politics towards Rupture: 1997-2000
The Eruption of the Revolution: 2000-2002
Responses & International Impact: 2003-2010


A thorough account of the pain, poverty and repression that the country went through as the locals sought and aspired for political independence. JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES

Offers a historical perspective that traces the origins of the conflict, providing an analysis that traces the deep-seated roots of the war veterans' frustration. [...] Provides a vivid account of [the author's] personal experiences and a thorough account of the pain, poverty and repression that the country went through. JOURNAL OF MODERN AFRICAN STUDIES