Mosireletsi Mokalake, State Creation, Nationalism, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Southern Africa

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Bruce Bennett


This is an interesting book, clearly the result of considerable work, which puts forward a striking argument.
Work like this shows the deep interest and commitment Batswana have to their history. However, it has
significant flaws. In Africa, amateur history such as this book plays an indispensable role. However, the
book illustrates why amateur and professional historians need to work together more. There are numerous
issues with this book which could have been avoided if the author had been able to get assistance from
professionals at an early stage, allowing him to produce a stronger case. The book is well bound, and the
print is comfortable to read. However, it is badly edited and lacks an index.

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