The Bibliographic Guide for the Student of History of Mozambique, from the collection “Nosso chão” (Our Floor -#6) of the University Eduardo Mondlane, number 6 of the collection as of 1996, is the author of Amélia Souto, it is useful for the period from 200 until the beginning process of independence in the mid-twentieth century.
We find this copy in the UEM Bookstore, for the price of 200 Meticais. About 2.50 €. It is a relic for anyone interested in the history of the country.
It is a multi-purpose publication, with 347 pages, organized by classic thematic chapters of this type of works. It begins with reference works. It then follows the bibliography on Bantu expansion. In the third point it addresses the African societies known in the present territory. The Empire of the Monomotapa, The Marve kingdoms, The kingdoms south of Save and the Kingdom of Gaza. Further north, the kingdoms Yao, Maconde and Macuas of the Interior. The kingdoms of the Zambezi Valley and the Coastal Kingdoms of Swahili influence and Islamized.
Point 4 gives prominence to Economic history, with the themes of the trade of the coast, gold and ivory, the slave trade. Already more in contemporary time, the oilseed trade, and the plantation companies. Also in point 4, a small social history of work, with migratory work for the Rhodesia and South Africa mines, and the emergence of unions in ports and railways.
In point 5 it addresses the administrative organization of colonialism, and in point 6 the processes of territorial occupation of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. In section 7, he presents the bibliographies of labour history and social relations in Mozambique, including colonial policies for indigenous peoples.
Finally, in section 8, he addresses cultural issues, presenting bibliography for African religions, Catholic churches and their missions. The Protestant churches and the presence of Islam. It ends with a reflection on the History of Education in Mozambique, on its relationship between settlers and Africans.
On the cover is a figure illustrating the “Cafres of Moçambique” inserted in the publication of Jan Van Lisnchotem in Navigatio ac Intenerarium, 1596. A classic image,
The publication should have supported the graduation program in History of Mozambique and reflects the organization of the historiographical thought of the time. Absent is the presence of Hindu and Indian communities.
Outher Refences: Response of questions about Cafres or ethnographic news about Sofala from the end of the 18th century. (1966). Introd and notes Gerhard Liesegang; pref. Jorge Dias Overseas Investigations Board, Overseas Investigations Board nº 2