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A History of Malawi - 1859-1966


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The Land and the People
Commerce, Christianity and Colonial Conquest
The Making of the Colonial Economy, 1891-1915
Religion, Culture and Society
The Chilembwe Rising
Malawi and the First World War
Planters, Peasants and Migrants: the Interwar Years
The Great Depression and its Aftermath
Contours of Colonialism
The Age of Development
The Urban Experience
Peasants and Politicians, 1943-1953
The Liberation Struggle, 1953-1959
The Making of Malawi, 1959-1963
Prelude to Independence: Unity and Diversity
Revolt and Realignment, 1964-1966


This is a book which should be read by anyone interested in the history of Africa. McCracken has produced a text which will shape research on Malawi for years to come. LUCAS

A highly valuable contribution to historical writing on Malawi and provides a useful synthesis of previously published work. ... [It] will inspire a new generation of historians to deepen our understanding of these issues and many more that remain under-researched in the country's fascinating but often neglected history. AFRICAN AFFAIRS

A truly monumental achievement, and the fruit of a lifetime's work at the forefront of the study of Malawi. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN STUDIES

A masterful survey of Malawi's modern past [which] is bound to become the go-to text for students and scholars ... and must surely become a standard reference for those interested in Malawi's modern history, politics and economics. AFRICA

[An] awe-inspiring book...McCracken has now delivered his long-awaited magnum opus. ... A towering scholarly achievement [that] will surely stand the test of time for generations to come. IJAHS

[A] magisterial account [and] a landmark event in the country's historiography. [.] It is a book so distinguished by the depth and quality of its analysis that it will take its place in the front rank of the literature addressing the colonial period in Africa. [.] Scholars, students and all interested readers will be grateful to have such a comprehensive, gripping and dependable account. THE SOCIETY OF MALAWI JOURNAL
A good solid read. CHARTIST
This major history [.] replaces all previous histories of the country [and] will stand as a foundation to all future research. Its breadth of treatment is as impressive as its immense range of primary and secondary sources. ROUND TABLE

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