Land and Racial Domination in Rhodesia

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Land and Racial Domination in Rhodesia

By Robin Palmer
University of California Press, 1977
307 pp. $15.75

The author, a Rhodesian expatriate and Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Zambia, succinctly analyzes the origins of present-day Rhodesian land tenure and the corresponding phases in the subjugation of the country's Africans: the ever-widening expropriations made official in 1914, 1920, and 1930; the destruction of a flourishing agriculture; the creation of a class of African wage labor integrated into the white economy; the segregation of African land and agriculture and the strict limitation of African opportunity in the white economy. An affecting description of the creation of African dependency and demonstration of its extreme usefulness to the European colonist.

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