Terence Ranger

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Terence Osborn Ranger (29 November 1929 – 3 January 2015) was a prominent African historian, focusing on the history of Zimbabwe. Part of the post-colonial generation of historians, his work spanned the pre- and post-Independence (1980) period in Zimbabwe, from the 1960s to the present.


Born in South Norwood, south-east London,[1] Ranger was educated at Highgate School in North London.[2] He was 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 was a collaboration with Eric Hobsbawm, The Invention of Tradition (1983).[1]

In 1980, Ranger founded the Britain Zimbabwe Society with Guy Clutton-Brock,[3] of which he was president (2006-14). During 1980-82, he was President of the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK). He also was a trustee of the Asylum Welcome organisation, and much of his academic work was concerned with human rights in Zimbabwe.[4] He spoke out against forced removals from the UK of Zimbabwean asylum seekers during the crisis in Zimbabwe.[5]

In retirement, Prof Ranger was made a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He died on 3 January 2015.[1] [6]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Complete bibliography in ACAS Review 89.[7]

  • Revolt in Southern Rhodesia, 1896-97. London: Heinemann (1967, 2nd edn 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.
  • Editor, with Ngwabi Bhebe, Soldiers in Zimbabwe's Liberation War. 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
  • Editor, with Ngwabi Bhebe, Society in Zimbabwe's Liberation War . 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
  • With Jocelyn Alexander and JoAnn McGregor, Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the "Dark Forests" of Matabeleland. Oxford: James Currey (2000). ISBN 0-85255-692-6


  1. ^ a b c Jocelyn Alexander and David Maxwell (18 January 2015). "Terence Ranger obituary". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Highgate School Register 7th Edn 1833-1988, Patrick Hughes & Ian F Davies (eds), 1989.
  3. ^ "Twenty Five Years of the Britain Zimbabwe Society and a Tribute to its first Chair, Professor Richard Gray". Terence Ranger, BZS Archives, 2005. Accessed 7 August 2006.
  4. ^ 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 7 August 2006.
  5. ^ "Statement on the Resumption of Forced Removals to Zimbabwe". The Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees, 18 November 2004. Accessed 7 August 2006.
  6. ^ Tribute in ACAS Review 89, incl. bibliography (2015)
  7. ^ Tribute in ACAS Review 89, incl. bibliography (2015)

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