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In contrast to the rich tradition of academic analysis and understanding of the pre-colonial and colonial history of Zambia, the country's post-colonial trajectory has been all but ignored by historians. The assumptions of developmentalism, the cultural hegemony of the United National Independence Party's orthodoxy and its conflation with national interests, and a narrow focus on Zambia's diplomatic role in Southern African affairs, have all contributed to a dearth of studies centring on the diverse lived experiences of Zambians. Inspired by an international conference held in Lusaka in August 2005, and presenting a broad range of essays on different aspects of Zambia's post-colonial experience, this collection seeks to lay the foundations for a future process of sustained scholarly enquiry into the country's most recent past.
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