n Africa Institute Occasional Paper - Democratisation in Zambia : the 2001 tripartite elections

Volume 2002 Number 67
  • ISSN : 0065-387X


It is a truism that the present is rooted in the past and thus our search to find out how things happened leads us to seek for ideas about how to understand our present world. Undoubtedly, therefore, a political history of Zambia can only be meaningful if the making of the country is explored and reconstructed from the colonial period, for it is that colonial heritage which shaped the present.

Zambia's political history can be roughly divided into three periods: two periods of colonial political history from 1890 to 1924, when the country was ruled by the British South Africa Company (BSAC), and from 1924 to 1963, when it fell directly under the authority of the Colonial Office. Of these two periods, it was the second that was most significant in shaping the future of the country's political history. These were followed by the post-independence period, beginning in 1964.

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