n African Renaissance - Zimbabwean Crisis : Towards a More Objective Analysis of the Situation, Brian Raftopoulos & Tyrone Savage (Eds.) : book review

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


During the European scramble for Africa in the 19th century, the areas now called Zimbabwe were invaded and occupied, from around 1890, by the British through their already occupied colony in present-day South Africa. Inspired by the British imperial officer, Cecil John Rhodes, the invaders, in what they saw as a gesture of gratitude but in effect an insult to the Africans, named the country ''Rhodesia.'' And in order to differentiate it from the territories to the north, similarly occupied by the British, it became known as Southern Rhodesia while the northern part (now Zambia) was naturally called Northern Rhodesia. What then ensued was a century of deprivation, brutality and all sorts of savagery and inhuman treatment inflicted on the black populations of the area by the white soldiers, settlers-cum- farmers and colonial officers.

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