This book challenges the Western interpretation that poor governance under President Mugabe is the sole cause of the Zimbabwean crisis. It considers inherited and highly unequal colonial structures, and the impoverishing impact of an IMF and World Bank.
Introduction Making Sense of the Chaos 1. Rhodesian Political Economy, 1890–1962 2. The Skewed Fortune of the UDI Economy 3. The African Experience of SAPs and the Global Debate 4. The Demise of a Macroeconomic Compromise 5. Maize and Cotton: National Performance under the SAP and the Plight of Shiri Household at Muzvezve Resettlement 6. Exposure, Defence and Fate: The Case of Shumba and Mukanya 7. The National Poverty Struggle, the SAP and the Tribulations of Chiti and the Chitungwiza Blind 8. Zimbabwe Ruptures under the SAP 9. Conclusion