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Author Gordon, David M., 1970- author

Title Invisible agents : spirits in a Central African history / David M. Gordon
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 304 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series New African histories series
New African histories series.
Contents Introduction: Seeing invisible worlds -- The passion of Chitimukulu -- Christian witches -- Satan in the city -- A new Jerusalem -- The dawn -- Devils of war -- God in heaven, Kaunda on earth -- A nation reborn -- Conclusion: The spirit realm of agency
Summary Invisible Agents shows how personal and deeply felt spiritual beliefs can inspire social movements and influence historical change. Conventional historiography concentrates on the secular, materialist, or moral sources of political agency. Instead, David M. Gordon argues, when people perceive spirits as exerting power in the visible world, these beliefs form the basis for individual and collective actions. Focusing on the history of the south-central African country of Zambia during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his analysis invites reflection on political and religious realms of a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Lumpa Church -- History.
United National Independence Party (Zambia) -- History.
Bemba (African people) -- Religion.
Christianity and culture -- Zambia -- History.
Religion and politics -- Zambia -- History.
Zambia -- History -- Religious aspects.
Zambia -- Politics and government -- 1964-1991.
Zambia -- Politics and government -- To 1964.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012027989
ISBN 0821444395
(pb : alk. paper)