Terence Ranger

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Terence Osborn Ranger (born 1929) is a prominent African historian, focusing on the history of Zimbabwe. Part of the post-colonial generation of historians, his work spans the pre- and post-Independence (1980) period in Zimbabwe, from the 1960s to the present.

Ranger was educated at Highgate School in North London.[1] He is an emeritus fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, England. He previously held the chair of Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the university.

One of his influential works is a collaboration with Eric Hobsbawm is The Invention of Tradition (1983).

In 1980, Ranger founded the Britain Zimbabwe Society with Guy Clutton-Brock,[2] of which he is now president (as of 2006). During 1980-82, he was President of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK). He also a trustee of the Asylum Welcome organisation, and much of his academic work has been concerned with human rights in Zimbabwe.[3] He has spoken out against forced removals from the UK of Zimbabwean asylum seekers during the current crisis in Zimbabwe.[4]

In retirement, Prof Ranger has been made a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.

Books[edit]

  • Revolt in Southern Rhodesia, 1896-97. London: Heinemann (1967, 2nd ed 1979). ISBN 0-435-94799-0
  • Peasant Consciousness and Guerrilla War in Zimbabwe: A Comparative Study. Oxford: James Currey (1985). ISBN 0-85255-001-4.
  • Soldiers in Zimbabwe's Liberation War. Ed., with Ngwabi Bhebe. Oxford: James Currey (1995). ISBN 0-85255-609-8
  • Are We Not Also Men? The Samkange Family and African Politics in Zimbabwe, 1920-64. Oxford: James Currey (1995). ISBN 0-85255-618-7
  • Society in Zimbabwe's Liberation War . Ed., with Ngwabi Bhebe. Oxford: James Currey (1996). ISBN 0-85255-660-8
  • Voices From The Rocks: Nature, Culture and History in the Matopos Hills of Zimbabwe. Oxford: James Currey (1999). ISBN 0-85255-604-7
  • Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the 'Dark Forests' of Matabeleland. With Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor. Oxford: James Currey (2000). ISBN 0-85255-692-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Highgate School Register 7th Edn 1833-1988, Ed. Patrick Hughes & Ian F Davies 1989
  2. ^ "Twenty Five Years of the Britain Zimbabwe Society and a Tribute to its first Chair, Professor Richard Gray". Terence Ranger, BZS Archives, 2005. Accessed 2006-08-07
  3. ^ See abstract of Ranger's contribution to Humanitarian Responses to Narratives of Inflicted Suffering (2006), at the Institute of Human Rights, University of Connecticut. Accessed 2006-08-07.
  4. ^ "Statement on the Resumption of Forced Removals to Zimbabwe". The Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees, 2004-11-18. Accessed 2006-08-07.

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