Historical Materialism , volume 12:4 (355–382) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Raftopoulos 2003. Brian Raftopoulos and Ian Phimister Zimbabwe Now: The Political Economy of Crisis and Coercion Introduction The period in Zimbabwean history beginning in 1996 and culminating in the current conjuncture will loom large as a decisive phase in Zimbabwe’s political economy. During these years, the political and economic terrain was substantively restructured, setting out the contours of the current crisis in Zimbabwe. This is not to argue that the problems in Zimbabwe can be understood only by reference to these years, for such an analysis clearly requires a longer historical understanding. 1 For the purposes of this paper, however, the compressed period b e t w e e n 1 9 9 6 a n d m i d - 2 0 0 4 c a n b e t a k e n a s representing an important distillation of a series of problems that have come to be referred to as the ‘Zimbabwean crisis’. Broadly speaking, the crisis has three overlapping dimensions: that of pan-African and Third-World s o l i d a r i t y
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