• Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter introduces this book. The author justifies the need for writing this book despite its politically sensitive nature and situates Swaziland in its geo-historical context. She examines the antecedents of scholarly works on Swaziland’s constitution before articulating the objectives of the book which are intended to fill the hiatus in this area of scholarship. The significance of the book and the methodology used in collecting and presenting data is discussed. The methodology is essentially qualitative and involves the use of primary archival documents and interviews and secondary sources. The author then proceeds to display the layout of the book and a summary of each of the 8 chapters into which it is partitioned.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hlengiwe Portia Dlamini
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  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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