Swaziland: Tradition and Change in a Southern African Kingdom

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Swaziland: Tradition and Change in a Southern African Kingdom

By Alan R. Booth
Westview Press, 1983
156 pp.
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In Africa's last monarchy, traditional conservatism has buttressed one of the more vulnerable continental entities; it may also lead to a far-reaching political deal with neighboring South Africa. In this survey an American historian describes Swaziland's dynastic origins, colonial history, social and political institutions, economy, and finally international relations-now tilting significantly toward Pretoria and away from the more " African" orientation of the 1970s.