Publisher: I.B.Tauris (October 24, 2002)
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This research asks: is Robert Mugabe the Stalin of recent Africa? Or is he a patriot scuffling with to opposite the consequences of colonialism and white domination? Stephen Chan seeks to not demonize Mugabe, yet to provide an explanation for and interpret him in his position as a key participant in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. This portrait describes Mugabe's personality over 22 years of his rule. Chan exhibits how Mugabe's tale is Zimbabwe's - from the post-independence hopes of idealism and reconciliation to electoral victory, the winning intervention within the overseas politics of Southern Africa and the resistance to South Africa's coverage of apartheid. He describes how a darker photo emerged early, with the savage crushing of the Matabeleland emerging, the removing of political rivals, growing to be corruption and disastrous intervention within the Congo warfare, all worsened by way of drought and the HIV / AIDS problem. As a beleaguered President within the face of starting to be unrest, Mugabe resorted to determined measures - seizing white-owned farms, expanding Presidential powers, muzzling the click and intimidating any competition. Chan's narrative, in accordance with shut own wisdom of Zimbabwe, depicts the emergence of a ruthless and single-minded despot collecting and clinging to political energy. He exhibits how the effective nationalist chief who reconciled all within the new multiracial Zimbabwe degenerated right into a petty tyrant fed on by means of hubris and self-righteousness and now dealing with an endgame of tragic dimensions.