Re-Viewing Resistance in Namibian History

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Silvester, Jeremy
University of Namibia Press, Jul 13, 2015 - History - 328 pages
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Re-Viewing Resistance in Namibian History brings together the work of experienced academics and a new wave of young Namibian historians - architects of the past - who are working on a range of public history and heritage projects, from late nineteenth century resistance to the use of songs, from the role of gender in SWAPO's camps to memorialisation, and from international solidarity to aspects of the history of Kavango and Caprivi. In a culturally and politically diverse democracy such as Namibia, there are bound to be different perspectives on the past, and history will be as plural as the history-tellers. The chapters in this book reflect this diversity, and combine to create a remarkable collection of divergent voices, providing alternative perspectives on the past. Re-Viewing Resistance in Namibian History writes 'forgotten' people into history; provides a reading of the past that reflects the tensions and competing identities that pervaded 'the struggle'; and deals with 'heritage that hurts'.

 

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Contents

Introduction ReViewing Resistance Liberating History
1
1 Transforming the Traumatic Life Experiences of Women in PostApartheid Namibian Historical Narratives
22
The Ambiguity of Heroes
38
3 The VagcirikuLishora Massacre of 1894 Revisited
55
4 Revolutionary Songs as a Response to Colonialism in Namibia
71
Reading Lichteneckers Voice Recordings
89
6 Colonialism and the Development of the Contract Labour System in Kavango
105
7 Liberals and NonRacism in Namibias Settler Society? Advocate Israel Goldblatts Engagement with Namibian Nationalists in the 1960s
127
Civilian Casualties in the Namibian Liberation Struggle
192
Case Study of the Impact of the Liberation Struggle in the Ohangwena Region
207
A Regional Perspective from the Kavango Regions
221
15 The Gendered Politics of the SWAPO Camps during the Namibian Liberation Struggle
240
An Analytical Eyewitness Account from a West German Perspective
252
A Documentation Project
266
A Case Study of the Equestrian Monument
276
A Critical Reflection
298

Forms of Resistance
148
A Journey of Internal Exile
160
10 The Kavango Legislative Council
170
11 The 1978 Election in Namibia
178
Index
307
About the cover photograph
317
Back cover
319
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