Department of History

Professor Bizeck J. Phiri is Professor of History in the Department of Historical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Zambia.

Research Interests
  • Political history of Zambia since the colonial period
  • Civil Military Relations in Southern Africa
  • Defence and Security in the Southern African Development Community
  • China-Zambia Political and Economic
  1. Refereed Books
  • The History of the University of Zambia, 1966-2016, Lusaka: UNZA Press, 2016).

Researching and Writing History: A Student Guide to Historical Research and Methodology, (Lusaka, 2013) Revised Edition, ISBN 978-9982-9918-2-7

A Political History of Zambia: From the Colonial Period to the Third Republic, 1890-2001, (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2006).

With Chikomeni J. Banda and Godfrey H.N. Haantobolo Protecting the Reputation and Standing of the Institution of Parliament and Parliamentarians: A Study of Perceptions, Realities and Reforms in Zambia, (Lusaka: Venus Printers, 2004).

Writing and Researching History: a Student Guide to Historical Research, (Lusaka: Mwajionera Enterprises, 2004).

The Crisis of An African University: A Historical Appraisal of the University of Zambia, 1964-2000 (Colorado Springs: International Academic Publishers, 2001).

(b) Self-Published

A History of Indians in Eastern Province of Zambia, (Lusaka: BJP, 2000. (ISBN: 9982-9918-0-9)

(c)       Refereed Chapters in Books

“Foreword” in Kholisile David Dhliwayo, The Liberation of Zimbabwe, Hansjakobstr: LINCOM GmbH, 2016, pp. 6-7.

“The Social and Economic Impact of the Fort Jameson (Chipata) Indians on the Development of Chipata District, 1899-1973” in Robert Ross, MarjaHinfelaar and Iva Pesa (Eds), The Object of Life in Central Africa: The History of Consumption and Social Change, 1840-1980 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp 215-236.

“Gender and Politics: The Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group in the 2001 Tripartite Elections” in Jan-Bart Gewald, MarjaHinfelaar and GiacomoMacola (eds.), One Zambia, Many Histories: Towards a History of Post-Colonial Zambia (Leiden: Brill, 2007), pp.259-274.

“Zambia”, in Gavin Cawthra, Andre du Pisani and AbillahOmari (Eds.), Security and Democracy in Southern Africa, (Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2007), pp.206-220.

“The Impact of the Rhodesian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) on Civil Military Relations in Zambia, 1965-1980”, in Yizenge A. Chondoka, Bizeck Jube Phiri and Chewe M. Chabatama (eds.), Zambia: 40 Years After Independence, 1964-2004. Proceedings of the January 24-25, 2005 Workshop Organised by the Department of History, University of Zambia to Commemorate Zambia’s 40 Years of Independence and the 40th Anniversary of the of the University of Zambia, (Lusaka: Department of History, 2007), pp.21-40.

“The University of Zambia-40 Years On: Challenges and Prospects for the Future”, in Yizenge A. Chondoka, Bizeck Jube Phiri and Chewe M. Chabatama (eds.), Zambia: 40 Years After Independence, 1964-2004. Proceedings of the January 24-25, 2005 Workshop Organised by the Department of History, University of Zambia to Commemorate Zambia’s 40 Years of Independence and the 40th Anniversary of the of the University of Zambia, (Lusaka: Department of History, 2007), pp.155-171.

“Traditional Authorities and National Politics in Independent Zambia: A Historical Review” in Lars Buur, Helene Maria Kyed and Terezinha C. Silva (eds), Decentralised Governance: The Role of Chiefs and Other Authorities in Democratic Governance (Maputo: Kapiana, 2007), pp. 37-49.

“Civil Control of the Zambian Military Since Independence and its Implication for Democracy”, in Rocky Williams, Gavin Cawthra and Diane Abrahams (eds), Ours To Know: Civil Military Relations and Defence Transformation in Southern Africa (Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies, 2003), pp. 3-16.

"From Capricorn Africa to Southern African Development Community", in Eddy Maloka (ed.), A United States of Africa? (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2001), pp. 52-61.

(d)       Refereed Journal Articles

Miles Larmer, MarjaHinfelaar, Bizeck Jube Phiri, Lyn Schumarker and Morris Szeftel, “Introduction: Narratives of Nationhood”, Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 40 No. 4 (October 2014), pp. 895-905.

David M. Gordon, Bizeck Jube Phiri,GiacomoMacola and James Ferguson, “Debating ‘The Rediscovery of Liberalism’ in Zambia: Responses to HarriEngund”, Africa  Vol. 84, No. 4 (2014), pp.658-67.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “The Impact of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence on Politics and Power Relations in Zambia During the Era of Liberation Wars, 1964-1980”, Afriche e Orienti  (Sub-Saharan Africa in the 1970s: Crises, Conflicts and Transformations), Special Issue Vol. 2 (2011), pp.183-196.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “The Role of the Office of the Speaker in a Parliamentary Democracy-Zambia, 1964-2006,” Journal of Humanities, Volume 5, 2005, pp.93-121.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in Southern Africa-Country Studies: Zambia,” South African Journal of International Affairs Volume 12 Issue 1 (Summer/Autumn 2005), pp. 205-218.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Colonial Legacy and the Role of Society in the Creation and Demise of Autocracy in Zambia, 1964-1991," Nordic Journal of African Studies, Volume 3 (2001), pp. 224-244.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Civil Control of the Zambian Military Since Independence: Implication for Democracy", African Security Review, The Journal of the Institute for Strategic Studies, Volume 10 No. 4 (2001), pp.125-134. (Also published in Williams, Cawthra and Abrahams (eds) cited above).

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "The Mixed Fortunes of Multipatyism in Zambia's Third Republic: Democracy or Mobocracy?",Journal of Humanities, Volume 3, 2001, pp.84-109.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Coping With Contradictions-Class, Ethnicity and Nationalism: the Case of Godwin A. MbikusitaLewanika and Zambian Nationalism", Transafrican Journal of History, Volume 29 (1999), pp. 27-49.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Decolonization and Multi-Racial Liberalism in Northern Rhodesia: a Reassessment", Zambia Journal of History, No. 5, (1992), pp.14-35.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “Zambia: The Myth and Realities of ‘One Party Participatory Democracy’”, Geneva-Africa, Volume 29 No. 2 (1991), pp.9-24.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "The Capricorn Africa Society Revisited: The Relevance and Impact of Liberalism' in Zambia's Colonial History 1949-1963", The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Volume 24, No. 1 (1991), pp.65-83.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “The Failure of Multi-Racial `Liberal' Parties in Northern Rhodesia/ Zambia: a Prelude to One-Party State?",Asian and African Studies, Volume 25, No.1 (1991), pp.55-80.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Perspectives on Transvaal History, 1886-1914: a Reassessment", History in Zambia, No. 13 (1983), pp.37-46.

(e)       Refereed Occasional Papers

Bizeck Jube Phiri, Democratisation in Zambia: The 2001 Tripartite Elections, Africa Institute Occasional Paper No. 67, Peace and Governance Programme No. 3 (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2002. [ISBN 0 7983 0159 7]

Bizeck Jube Phiri, Zambians of Indian Origin: A History of Their Struggle for Survival in a New Homeland, Occasional Paper Number 12, Published by The Centre for Advanced Studies African Society (CASAS) and Printed by Creda Communications, Cape Town (2001), pp.19. [ISBN 1-919799-57-5]

(f)        Refereed Monograph

Bizeck Jube Phiri,Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in the SADC Countries: Zambia Country Report Published by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), 2005. pp.60. (Series Editor, Tim Hughes) [ISBN 1-919969-07-1]

Bizeck Jube Phiri, (As Public Orator) “Citation in Support of Honorary Graduand, Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, for the Award of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (honoriscausa)”, in The University of Zambia Honorary Degree Awards, 1974-2009, (Lusaka: Unza Press, 2010), pp. 61-63.

(g)       Refereed Conference Proceedings

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “The Media as a Tool for Enhancing Public Support for Military Operations in Africa”, The Kamwala Eagle: Defence Services Command and Staff College Magazine, Issue No. 11 (July-December 2015), pp. 32-35.

Bizeck Jube Phiri and Andre Du Pisani, “Promotion of Regional Coordination and Cooperation on Security and Defence Matters: Synthesis Paper”, in Jonathan Mayuyuka Kaunda (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2006 FOPRISA Annual Conference (Gaborone: BIDPA, 2007), pp.155-161.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “Democratisation and Security Sector Reform in Zambia”, Proceedings of the Third Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) – IISS Workshop, Namibia, 8-9 November 2002: in Malcolm Chalmers (ed.), Security Sector Reform in Southern Africa, (London: IISS, February 2004), pp. 61-70.

(h)       Refereed Encyclopaedia Articles

Bizeck Jube Phiri, “Mpezeni”, in Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Emmanuel Akyeampong (eds), Dictionary of African Biography, (New York, Oxford University Press, 2011)

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Asians in East Africa";

"Zambia: Colonial Period, Administration and Economy From the Company to Colonial Office";

"Zambia: Federation, Politics, Economics and Protest";         

"Zambia: Colonel (Sir) Stewart Gore-Browne";

"Zambia: Lusaka";

 "Zambia: Nationalism and Independence";

 "Zambia: Ngoni Incursions From the South";

 "Zambia: Harry MwaangaNkumbula";

"Zambia: British Occupation and Resistance, the 1890s",

"Zambia: Kololo and the Lozi Kingdom"

"Zambia: Long Distance Trade in the 19th Century"

"Zambia: Early 19th Century Survey"

“Zambia: Tonga, Ila and Cattle", in Kevin Shillington (ed.) Encyclopedia of African History. Volume 3, (New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005), pp. 1690-1698.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "JoaquimChissano: a Biography", Encyclopaedia of World Biography, Volume 17 (1991), pp.126-128.

(i)         Book Reviews

Bizeck Jube Phiri, The Historical Dimensions of Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe Edited by N. Bhebe and T Ranger, University of Zimbabwe Publications, 2002 for The Journal of African History (2003).

Bizeck Jube Phiri, The US Security Doctrine and the Africa Crisis Response Initiative, by Horace G. Campbell, Pretoria, Africa Institute of South Africa, 2001 in Journal of Humanities Volume 3 (2001).

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "People's History", A Review of Samuel N. Chipungu (Ed.), Guardians In Their Time: Experiences of Zambians Under Colonial Rule 1890-1964 (London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992), in Zambia Journal of History, Nos. 6/7 (1993/4), pp.81-83.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, "Rural Development and Social Transformation", A Review of Ackson M. Kanduza (ed), Socio-Economic Change in Eastern Zambia: Pre-Colonial to the 1980s (Lusaka: Zambia Educational Publishing House, 1992), in Zambia Journal of History, Volume 5 (1992), pp.65-67.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in South Africa, by K.K. Virmani, Kalinga Publications, Delhi, 1991 in Zambia Journal of History, Volume 4 (1991), pp.89-90.

Bizeck Jube Phiri, The South African War: the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, Edited by Peter Warwick, London, Longman, 1980; and Economic Imperialism in Theory and Practice: the Case of South African Gold Mining Finance 1880-1914, by Robert Kubicek, Durham N.C., Duke University Press, 1979, in History in Zambia, No.13 (1983), pp.78-80.

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