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Title:Traditional paramountcy and modern politics in Matabeleland: the end of the Lobengula royal family - and of Ndebele particularism?
Author:Roberts, R.S.
Year:2005
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Issue:24
Pages:4-38
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:Matabele polity
traditional rulers
succession
local history
History, Archaeology
history
Ndebele (African people)
Lobengula, King of the Matabele, 1833 (ca.)-1893?
Abstract:After the conquest of Matabeleland (in present-day Zimbabwe) in 1893 and the disappearance of its king, Lobengula, the British South Africa Company made it clear to the indunas that there was not going to be a new king. The Company's policy of keeping Lobengula's son Njube in exile till his death in 1910, and his sons, Albert and Rhodes, in a Xhosa environment until adulthood, had succeeded in its purpose of alienation. This paper presents a detailed reconstruction of the final stages, after the crisis of 1932/1933 - when Albert and Rhodes were sentenced for cattle extortion/theft - of the process of alienation and decline of the concept of a royal family. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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