Nationalism and Territoriality in Barue and Mozambique

Independence, Belonging, Contradiction


Nationalism, as an ideology coupling self-conscious peoples to fixed territories, is often seen as emerging from European historical developments, also in postcolonial countries outside Europe. André van Dokkum’s Nationalism and Territoriality in Barue and Mozambique shows that this view is not universally true. The precolonial Kingdom of Barue in what is now Mozambique showed characteristics generally associated with nationalism, giving the country great resilience against colonial encroachment. Postcolonial Mozambique, on the other hand, has so far not succeeded in creating national coherence. The former anti-colonial organization and now party in power Frelimo has always stressed national unity, but only under its own guidance, paradoxically producing disunity.

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André van Dokkum, Ph.D. (2015), VU University Amsterdam, is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Macau. He published two edited volumes on Africanist topics, with G.J. Abbink: Verdeeld Afrika (AMB, 2008) and Dilemmas of Development (African Studies Centre, 2008).
Academics and professionals with an interest in nationalism, contemporary and historical, Mozambique specialists, and historians interested in precolonial politics and anti-colonial resistance of the Kingdom of Barue.