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- DescriptionThe Chilembwe (or Nyasaland) Rising of January 1915 is one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of resistance in southern Africa. A small-scale event, suppressed within a matter of days, the Rising has been described by a leading historian (John Iliffe) as the only significant rebellion in the whole of Africa prior to the First World War to be inspired by Christianity. Its leader, John Chilembwe, a Baptist minister trained in the United States, is w lauded in official circles as Malawi's first nationalist; his image is depicted on the country's banktes. This book contains a comprehensive selection of the verbatim and written evidence presented to the Commission of Inquiry set up to examine the causes of the Rising. Witnesses included colonial officials, missionaries and settlers but also a substantial number of Malawians, among them Presbyterian ministers and teachers, government clerks, businessmen, chiefs and headmen. Five European women, dramatically caught up in the Rising, add their own accounts of events; the Commission's report is published in full. Together, these testimonies are a fundamental source for an understanding of the causes and character of the Rising. More generally, they throw a revealing light on social and ecomic relations in early colonial Malawi. John McCracken provides extensive explanatory comments focusing, in particular, on the problematic nature of the sources. An appendix gives detailed tes on the individuals involved.
- Author BiographyBorn in Scotland, John McCracken studied history as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Cambridge. In 1964, while completing his PHD, he taught briefly at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and made his first extended research visit to Malawi. The next year he joined the new History Department, headed by Terence Ranger, at the University College of Dar es Salaam where he worked for four years. In 1969 he came to Stirling University where he introduced African history and served as founding Director of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies. He was Professor of History at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, 1980-1983 and returned as Visiting Professor in 2008. He is a past President of the African Studies Association from whom he received the award of Distinguished Africanist in 2008.
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication31/12/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleFontes Historiae Africanae
- Series Part/Volume Numberv.14
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Notec. 10 b&w photos, 3 maps
- Weight1114 g
- Width163 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine42 mm
- Edited byJohn McCracken
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