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The Zimbabwe Culture : Origins and Decline of Southern Zambezian States - Innocent Pikirayi

The Zimbabwe Culture

Origins and Decline of Southern Zambezian States


Published: 30th August 2013
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Offering a unique and original perspective on the rise and fall of indigenous states of southern Zambezia, The Zimbabwe Culture analyzes the long contentious history of the remains of the remarkable cyclopean masonry, ranging from mighty capitals of traditional kings to humble farmsteads. Forming a cornerstone of the geographical lore of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, debate on the origins, development, and collapse of the Zimbabwe culture has never ceased, and with increasing archaeological research over the twentieth century, has become more complex. Thoroughly examining the growth and decline of pre-colonial states on the entire Zimbabwean Plateau and southern Zambezia, Dr. Pikirayi has contributed tremendously towards the archaeological understanding of this extraordinary culture. The Zimbabwe Culture is essential reading for all students and avocationalists of African archaeology, history, and culture.

Background to the study of precolonial southern Zambezia --The landscapes of southern Zambezia -- The pioneers: early herdsmen and village farmers -- Cattle, ivory and gold: traders, chiefs, and kings: political centralization in the Shashe-Limpopo Basin, 950-12380 -- Cattle, gold, and copper: traders, chiefs, and kings: the rise, development, and fall of Great Zimbabwe, 1290-1450 -- Kings, conquistadores, and rebels: the Mutapa State and the Portuguese, 1450-1900 -- Cattle barons and generals of the southwest: the Torwa and Rozvi-Changamire States, c.1450-1860 -- Merchant capital, Karanga migrations, and the arrival of the Nguni and the British --Conclusions: the place of the Zimbabwe Plateau in Zambezia.

ISBN: 9780585386492
ISBN-10: 0585386498
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America