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The Last British Liberals in Africa

Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd

By Dickson A. Mungazi

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Format: Hardback, 312 pages
Other Information: bibliography, index
Published In: United States, 30 May 1999
A study of the clash of two traditions, British liberalism and African nationalism, and an examination of how Michael Blundell in Kenya and Garfield Todd in Zimbabwe used their liberal backgrounds to further the future of their adopted countries, despite threats and detention. Both Blundell and Todd believed that political leaders had a responsibility to serve the needs of the people as a condition of national development. By the time each came to power, European colonization had had a profoundly negative effect on the lives of Africans; Blundell and Todd sought to correct this by putting their positive views of Africans into practice. While colonial governments designed strategies for controlling Africans to serve political and economic interests at home in Europe, Africans themselves established their own effective strategy, not only to ensure their survival in the colonial setting, but also to initiate a process for the restoration of their sense of self. Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd, with their liberal beliefs, served as excellent allies in this period of a rising African consciousness. Using sources obtained in Kenya and Zimbabwe over the past 15 years, this work examines democratic traditions that have survived tumultuous times in recent years.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction The Political History of Kenya The Political History of Zimbabwe Michael Blundell: The Man and His Mission Garfield Todd: The Man and His Mission Michael Blundell's Role in the Political Development of Kenya Garfield Todd's Role in the Political Crisis in Zimbabwe Blundell's Relations with Africans Michael Blundell and Garfield Todd as the Last British Liberals in Africa: Summary, Conclusion, and Implications Selected Bibliography Index

EAN: 9780275962838
ISBN: 0275962830
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Dimensions: 24.49 x 16.21 x 2.67 centimetres (0.64 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

DICKSON A. MUNGAZI is Regent's Professor of History at the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of numerous books on African political history and education, including The Mind of Black Africa (Praeger, 1996), and The Last Defenders of the Laager: Ian D. Smith and F. W. de Klerk (Praeger, 1998).

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