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By Peter Dwyer, Leo Zeilig

This groundbreaking research examines the earnings, contradictions, and frustrations of twenty-first century prodemocracy struggles throughout Southern Africa.

Three top Africa students examine the social forces riding the democratic transformation of postcolonial states throughout southern Africa. huge learn and interviews with civil society organizers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Swaziland tell this research of the demanding situations confronted through non-governmental companies in touching on either to the attendant inequality of globalization and to grassroots struggles for social justice.

About the Authors:
Peter Dwyer is a coach in economics at Ruskin collage in Oxford.
Leo Zeilig Lecturer on the Institute of Commonwealth reviews, collage of London.

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A smaller part remained in the hands of the black peasantry. Various forms of exploitation of the indigenous population derive from the solutions to the land question in each individual group of countries. In the first group the toiling black masses are exploited as peasants and small commodity producers. Their economic activity is totally subject to the interests of finance capital (fiscal and tariff policy, non-equivalent exchange, control of production and sale of locally grown produce by the trading companies, who also monopolize such sales).

Secondly, the climate of the West Coast is a good deal better than that of 37 THE ECONOMIC OPPRESSION OF THE PEASANTl{ Y the Belgian Congo or French Equatorial Africa. Clearly therefore, other causes are at work. Turning to the state of African production in East and West Africa at the moment of arrival of the white imperialists, it can be seen that the imperialist invasion found it at varying stages of development. By the nineteenth century the local peasant economy in West Africa was already to a considerable degree a commodity economy.

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