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Malawi, republic in southeastern Africa, formerly the British protectorate of Nyasaland, bounded on the north by Tanzania, on the east by Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), on the southeast and south by Mozambique, and on the west by Zambia. Malawi extends about 835 km (about 520 mi) north to south and varies in width from about 80 to 160 km (about 50 to 100 mi). The total area of the country is 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq mi), nearly one-fifth of which is water surface, mainly Lake Malawi and three smaller lakes. The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe, and the largest city is Blantyre.

Sources

Malawi

Malawi in Pictures. Lerner, 1989. Photographic portrait of the nation.

Baker, Colin A. State of Emergency: Crisis in Central Africa, Nyasaland 1959-1960 Tauris Academic, 1997. Events leading up to the dissolution of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and the emergence of Malawi as an independent nation.

Page, Melvin E. Chiwaya War: Malawians in World War I. Westview, 1999. A study of how Malawi's adult male population was forced to fight Britain's war.

Woods, Anthony, and Melvin E. Page. The Creation of Modern Malawi. Westview, 2000. Analyzes how historical and cultural forces combined to form the basis of Malawi as a nation.

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Microsoft Encarta 2009. 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation.



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