The Urban Roots of Democracy & Political Violence in Zimbabwe

Timothy Scarnecchia


The book is available in North America, not in Zimbabwe.


The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe details a democratic tradition developed in the 1940s and 1950s, and a movement that would fall victim to an increasingly elitist and divisive political culture by the 1960s. Providing biographical sketches of key personalities within the genealogy of nationalist politics, Timothy Scarnecchia weaves an intricate narrative that traces the trajectories of earlier democratic traditions in Zimbabwe, including women's political movements, township organizations, and trade unions.


(An) original and intriguing book. Scarnecchia skilfully moves his analysis between the local, national and international dimensions of the nationalist struggle in order to show how the deepening fault lines of class, gender and nation undermined the coherence of the nationalist movement and fuelled a politics of intimidation. - International Journal of African Historical Studies


Timothy Scarnecchia is assistant professor of African history at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.