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Historical dictionary of Malawi
Kalinga, Owen J. M.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xliv, 487 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Historical dictionary of Malawi / Cynthia A. Crosby. 2nd ed. 1993.
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DT3169 .C76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This updated and expanded edition contains 1000 entries, covering topics such as war, disease, the rise and fall of state systems, religious and socio-political movements, natural sciences, the environment, transport and the economy. It charts the developments from pre-history to post-Banda Malawi, from Tom Bokwito to James Sangala, and from the UMCA Mission at Magomero to the general elections of 1999, paying particular attention to individuals, groups and forces that have moulded this Southern African country. The dictionary aims to answer the need for a comprehensive reference book on Malawi. It is detailed in its coverage of subjects, and should be an essential companion to students, teachers, scholars and general readers interested in learning about, and understanding, the past and present of the Lake Malawi region.

Author Notes

Owen J. M. Kalinga is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is advisor to Encyclopaedia Britannica, with special responsibility for the Eastern African region. Cynthia A. Crosby researches social and economic developments in Eastern Africa, and Malawi in particular; her publications include a bibliography of Kenya and a chapter on the Malawi railways in From Nyasaland to Malawi.

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Choice Review

Kalinga, a native of Malawi, educated there and in Britain, offers the third edition of this subject encyclopedia about Malawi (formerly the British protectorate of Nyasaland and a very small land-locked southern central country in Africa). This edition uses as foundation the two previous editions by Cynthia Crosby (1980, 1993), updating them and adding information. It includes acronyms and abbreviations, three maps, a chronology beginning with the early Stone Age through 2000, and a brief introduction covering economic, social, historical, and political aspects. The main part of the book consists of over 900 entries, alphabetically arranged, that vary in length from one or two sentences to the eight-page entry for Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president 1963-94. Most entries cover people, but topical entries include places, ethnic groups, political parties, organizations, crops, institutions, and publications. A 62-page bibliography, arranged topically, includes articles, books, dissertations, and government publications but cites only about 150 entries with publication dates since 1993, when the second edition was published. There are numerous cross-references. Recommended for libraries, upper-division through faculty, supporting study of Africa. K. Y. Stabler New Mexico State University