Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar

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A fascinating look at Zanzibar’s revolutionary history, this work focuses on the height of the Cold War, a tumultuous period in east African when imperialist powers sought to install and institute regime changes. Also included is a reflection on the contemporary relevance of the nature and role of the revolutionary Umma party which, while confronting imperialism, evolved strategies for unity in the face of an ethnically divided Zanzibar. Amrit Wilson, an acclaimed and award-winning author, examines the nature and role of the party, including the history it grew from, the ideologies and personalities that shaped it, its strategies and the experiences of its cadres during its comparatively short life. This clear and concise work of the turmoil inherent in the power vacuum of decolonization includes never-before-seen photographs and accounts from the period and stands as an invaluable source into a nearly forgotten slice of history.


Amrit Wilson is a senior lecturer in women’s studies as Luton University. She is the author of The Challenge Road: Women in the Eritrean Revolution; Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain; U.S. Foreign Policy and Revolution: The Creation of Tanzania; and Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain, which won the Martin Luther King award.


"At a time when Asian women are only being discussed in terms of their veils, forced marriages, and oppressive religion, what a relief it is to read a book about Asian women as agents not objects."  —Institute of Race Relations on Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain