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A Peace in Southern Africa: The Lancaster House Conference in Rhodesia, 1979
A Peace in Southern Africa: The Lancaster House Conference in Rhodesia, 1979
By Jeffrey Davidow
Westview Press, 1984, 143 pp.

In this definitive account of the negotiations leading to the end of the Rhodesian civil war, the first U.S. envoy to Rhodesia after our withdrawal in 1970 explains in colorful detail how Lord Carrington pulled it off. In Davidow's view, the consistent British control over the agenda and pace of the talks-as well as a clearly available fallback position in a settlement acceptable to Muzorewa even if rejected by the Patriotic Front-made a daunting task possible and then plausible. After years of dithering, the British resolved their last African colonial tangle with skill and style.