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Zimbabwe: A Treasure of Africa

Stark, Al

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ISBN 10: 0875183085 / ISBN 13: 9780875183084
Published by Dillon Press, Inc., Minneapolis, 1986
Used Condition: Good + Hardcover
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Title: Zimbabwe: A Treasure of Africa

Publisher: Dillon Press, Inc., Minneapolis

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good +

Book Type: Ex-Library

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Discusses the people, traditions, holidays, religions, schools, history, geography, and wildlife of Zimbabwe, once known as Rhodesia.

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Grade 5-8 Stark takes a positive approach in presenting the history, geography and social and political life of Zimbabwe. The first chapter counters stereotypes about Africa being a sweltering jungle by describing the variety of Zimbabwe's terrain and climate. Zimbabwe is presented as a frontier for whites in the past and blacks and whites today as they attempt to build a multiracial society. Examples are given of the wide variety of life styles among the people. Both written and oral history of black and white Zimbabweans are presented, and one chapter is devoted to the civil war that led to independence in 1980. In contrast to many other surveys of African countries, Stark emphasizes the similarities to America, rather than the differences. There is a short section of basic facts, a list of Shona and Ndebele phrases, a pronunciation guide and photographs that complement the text. The main weakness is the lack of importance placed upon heroes in the independence struggle: Patriot's Day is omitted as a major holiday, and books on the independence struggle are absent from the bibliography; Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo are presented as contemporary political adversaries, rather than as heroes in the long struggle for national independence. Still, the book is more balanced than most introductions to African countries. Nancy J. Schmidt, Indiana University Library, Bloomington
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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