Trade and Politics in a Shona Kingdom

The Manyika & their Portuguese and African Neighbours, 1575-1902

Hoyini Bhila


  • Longman
  • Harare
  • 1982
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 284 pages

The book is out of print.


As the author explains in the Preface, this book grew out of his doctoral thesis on 'The Manyika and the Portuguese from 1575 to 1863' submitted to the University of London in 1971. It deals with political and economic changes in and around Manyika, a small but wealthy Shona Kingdom in the southeastern part of Zimbabwe. This Kingdom attracted many foreign interests, African and European, in the course of its long pre-colonial history.


Trade and Politics in a Shona Kingdom is a significant contribution to our knowledge of early Zimbabwean history in particular and that of Southern Africa in general. - Kings M. G. Phiri, Journal of Southern African Studies


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