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A predictable tragedy : Robert Mugabe and the collapse of Zimbabwe

Author: Daniel Compagnon
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2011.
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When the southern African country of Rhodesia was reborn as Zimbabwe in 1980, democracy advocates celebrated the defeat of a white supremacist regime and the end of colonial rule. Zimbabwean crowds cheered their new prime minister, freedom fighter Robert Mugabe, with little idea of the misery he would bring them. Under his leadership for the next 30 years, Zimbabwe slid from self-sufficiency into poverty and  Read more...
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History
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Compagnon, Daniel.
Predictable tragedy.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010004561
Named Person: Robert Gabriel Mugabe; Robert Gabriel Mugabe
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Compagnon
ISBN: 9780812200041 0812200047 1283889978 9781283889971
OCLC Number: 794700571
Language Note: In English.
Notes: OldControl:muse9780812200041.
Description: 1 online resource (333 pages)
Contents: Authoritarian control of the political arena --
Violence as the cornerstone of Mugabe's strategy of political survival --
Militant civil society and the emergence of a credible opposition --
The media battlefield : from skirmishes to full-fledged war --
The judiciary : from resistance to subjugation --
The land "reform" charade and the tragedy of famine --
The state bourgeoisie and the plunder of the economy --
The international community and the crisis in Zimbabwe --
Conclusion : crisis averted or merely postponed?
Responsibility: Daniel Compagnon.
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An unflinching analysis of how Robert Mugabe, a man once known as an anticolonial freedom fighter, became one of Africa's most hated autocrats, and why so many inside and outside Zimbabwe were long  Read more...

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