An insider's view of African historians' principal concerns--the slave trade, Christian missions, colonialism, land alienation and nationalism--is presented through this personalized account of a Malawi village from 1859 to the present.
'This is one of those very rare books that can be recommended with equal enthusiasm to the professional Africanist and the general reader. Beautifully written, with a novelist's feel for storytelling and a poet's sensitivity to people and place ... Few other books I can think of so effectively capture the authentic flavor of an African community over an extended period of time. Certainly there is none that does it with such humour and grace.' John McCracken, The Journal of African History 'A masterpiece of historical writing, incorporating a diverse array of oral and written sources. Beyond being definitive, it is also an engaging read.' Africana Journal 'White's book, written with such grace and humanity, so rich in its detail, so searching in its insights, is a triumphant vindication of the importance of local, people's history.' The Natal Witness 'This is an original and outstanding book which deserves a wide readership.' SOAS Bulletin