African Histories and Modernities

A Constitutional History of the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), 1960–1982

Authors: Dlamini, Hlengiwe Portia

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  • Offers the first constitutional history of Swaziland (Eswatini) 
  • Examines the alliance between King Sobhuza and apartheid South Africa and the role it played in shoring up the monarchical system
  • Foregrounds the struggle for power between monarchists and progressive, Western-educated elites 
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Swaziland—recently renamed Eswatini—is the only nation-state in Africa with a functioning indigenous political system. Elsewhere on the continent, most departing colonial administrators were succeeded by Western-educated elites. In Swaziland, traditional Swazi leaders managed to establish an absolute monarchy instead, qualified by the author as benevolent and people-centred, a system which they have successfully defended from competing political forces since the 1970s. This book is the first to study the constitutional history of this monarchy. It examines its origins in the colonial era, the financial support it received from white settlers and apartheid South Africa, and the challenges it faced from political parties and the judiciary, before King Sobhuza II finally consolidated power in 1978 with an auto-coup d’état. As Hlengiwe Dlamini shows, the history of constitution-making in Swaziland is rich, complex, and full of overlooked insight for historians of Africa.

About the authors

Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini is a postdoctoral fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She received her PhD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and her research interests include the governance of public space, community policing, the enfranchisement of women, and Islamic minorities in Swaziland. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-29

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  • The Major Players in the Making of the Independence Constitution of Swaziland (Eswatini)

    Pages 33-63

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  • The Beginning of the Great Constitutional Debate: Agreeing to Disagree

    Pages 65-127

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  • The Imposed 1963 Constitution, the Maiden Legislative and Executive Councils, and the Select Constitutional Committee

    Pages 129-182

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  • The 1967 Constitution, Internal Self-Government, and the 1968 Independence Constitution

    Pages 183-233

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Constitutional History of the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), 1960–1982
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24777-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24777-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24776-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 366
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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