In this episode, historian Enocent Msindo (Rhodes University) discusses his recent book Ethnicity in Zimbabwe: Transformations in Kalanga and Ndebele Societies, 1860-1990. He explores African royal politics, class, language, and local sources to show the creation of ethnic identity in southwestern Zimbabwe was not solely the result of colonial rule or African elites. Ordinary Africans created and shaped an ethnic consciousness based on precolonial histories and 20th-century innovations, while much-neglected Kalanga identities resisted both colonial and Ndebele hegemony.
Africa Past and Present is hosted by Peter Alegi and Peter Limb. It is co-produced by Matrix — the digital humanities center — and the Department of History at Michigan State University. Subscribe to the podcast on our website and on iTunes.