Nationalism and territoriality in Barue and Mozambique: independence, belonging, contradiction

TitleNationalism and territoriality in Barue and Mozambique: independence, belonging, contradiction
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsA. van Dokkum
Series titleAfrika-Studiecentrum series
Issue39
Date Published2020
PublisherBrill
Place PublishedLeiden [etc.]
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number978-90-04-42841-6
KeywordsMozambique, nationalism
Abstract

Nationalism, as an ideology coupling self-conscious peoples to fixed territories, is often seen as emerging from European historical developments, also in postcolonial countries outside Europe. André van Dokkum’s Nationalism and Territoriality in Barue and Mozambique shows that this view is not universally true. The precolonial Kingdom of Barue in what is now Mozambique showed characteristics generally associated with nationalism, giving the country great resilience against colonial encroachment. Postcolonial Mozambique, on the other hand, has so far not succeeded in creating national coherence. The former anti-colonial organization and now party in power Frelimo has always stressed national unity, but only under its own guidance, paradoxically producing disunity.

DOI10.1163/9789004428638
Citation Key10686