Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

The Historian Who Would Be Chief: A Biography of Simon Jilundu Chibanza III (1899 – 1974)

Macola, Giacomo (2004) The Historian Who Would Be Chief: A Biography of Simon Jilundu Chibanza III (1899 – 1974). Journal of African History, 45 (1). pp. 23-43. ISSN 0021-8537. E-ISSN 1469-5138. (doi:10.1017/S002185370300851X) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:7557)

PDF (Final draft, post-refereeing) Author's Accepted Manuscript
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
[thumbnail of Final draft, post-refereeing]
Official URL:


By recovering from obscurity the life story of an early Zambian historian, this paper makes a case for the adoption of a biographical approach to the study of Africa's colonial history. It argues that Simon Jilundu Chibanza III's trajectory provides valuable insights into the ambivalent social location and intricate motivations of the Zambian intelligentsia during colonial rule. An examination of his background and variegated career accounts for the complexity of his identity and the imprints which its multiple strands left upon his literary output and profound understanding of the politics of history-writing.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S002185370300851X
Uncontrolled keywords: Central Africa; Zambia; ethnicity; nationalism; biography; historiography; intellectual.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Giacomo Macola
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008 07:50 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:45 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.