The Last Colony In Africa: Diplomacy And The Independence Of Rhodesia

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The Last Colony In Africa: Diplomacy And The Independence Of Rhodesia

By Michael Charlton
Basil Blackwell, 1990
164 pp. $37.95
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The negotiated end of Zimbabwe's war of independence is the focus of this lively account by a senior BBC journalist who skillfully interviewed many of the leading participants of the 1979 Lancaster House conference. Characterizing the settlement as a "stunning diplomatic achievement" for Britain and particularly for Lord Carrington, the author weaves together the recollections of the principal actors with the minimum connecting commentary necessary to sketch the plot, dramatis personae and conflicting interests at stake. The result is an absorbing and sophisticated oral history that should offer interesting comparisons with the documentary records of the British and Zimbabwean governments once these become available.

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