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Zimbabwe History & Heritage Tour 2016

Details and Prices In August 2016, after years of thinking about it, I will be launching my Zimbabwe History and Heritage itinerary. This trip will be personally guided by myself, utilizing a few colleagues and local experts, and will emphasize the unique history of Zimbabwe, details of which are all over this website. For those […]

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The Turning Point Strategy

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele1976 also witnessed important political developments that once again put a stranglehold on the various advocates of a total solution in order that a negotiation process neither invited nor wanted by any of the warring factions. This again was a peace process […]

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The Hidden Journeys Project – Travel Africa By Air

Royal Geographical Society’s Hidden Journeys Project The Royal Geographical Society is a highly august institution founded in 1830 by the learned gentlemen of London as a debating and dining society, but also to promote geographic awareness and to provide some intellectual and financial impetus to the exploration of a world that, although broadly speaking mapped […]

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Siege of Elands River: 4 – 16 August 1900

Map: Siege of Eland’s River Staging Post 4-14 August 1900 Map: Battle of Eland’s River 4 August 1900 With the capitulation of Johannesburg and Pretoria by early June 1900, the Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in South Africa, Lord Frederick Roberts VC, divided the Western Transvaal operational theatre into districts, with the sole objective of mopping […]

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The White Man’s Burden

Your new-caught sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child – Rudyard Kipling (…yes I know that is Hattie McDaniel & Vivien Leigh  in Gone With The Wind on the left) This is an excerpt of Rhodesia: last Outpost of the British Empire by Peter Baxter. The article it relates to is here Much closer to home was […]

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ZAPU in the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleAs the armed wing of ZAPU withdrew to ponder lessons learned, the detained leadership within Rhodesia settled into what seemed likely to be a sustained period of restriction. For Joshua Nkomo the prospect was particularly dreary. Somewhere between the claims of his […]

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The Emergence of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleThe immediate consequence of the split in the nationalist movement was violence on a level hitherto unseen. This was a fight to the death, an equalisation and an unequivocal exposure of the deep ethnic and personal fissures that had lain unseen beneath […]

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