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Black Political Awakening in Rhodesia

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleIn the short history of Zimbabwe ZAPU, or the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union, has tended to be regarded as a predominantly amaNdebele party, which latterly has certainly been the case, but at its founding it was a continuation of the determinedly multi-racial […]

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Joshua Nkomo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleIn 1949 a meeting was held at the Recreation Hall in Salisbury at which a new president was elected for the Southern Rhodesia African National Congress. This introduced to the centre stage of local politics the founding father of black nationalism and […]

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Rhodesia: The Post-War Land Removals

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleIn the post-war period the long delay in implementing the mass removals that had been implicit in the land Apportionment Act, and many unofficial conventions since, had steadily accelerated as the demobilisations that followed peace in Europe saw large numbers of European […]

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A brief history of Rhodesia

The colony of Rhodesia was born on 13 September 1890 with the arrival in the vicinity of present day Harare, then Fort Salisbury, of some 500 hand-picked volunteers who made up the British South Africa Company Pioneer Column. This represented the culmination of several years of political manoeuvre and capital adventure in the great game […]

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The amaNdebele and modern African imperial history

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleThe educated rather than the raw native very often becomes a nuisance to his white neighbours…Report of the Land Commission The end of the First World War did indeed usher in a change in British imperial policy. A general revaluation of the […]

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The aftermath of the Matabele Rebellion

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleMatabeleland should be treated as a portion of Mashonaland lately occupied by the Matabele – Leander Starr Jameson The trust placed in Cecil John Rhodes by the amaNdebele leaders was the trust of desperation, and it was by no means absolute, and […]

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The Matabele War

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleThe invading force of settler volunteers represented an unimpressive army which, without an unequal portion of confidence, would have been overwhelmed by the knowledge that it marched without supply lines, communications or support, and beyond any meaningful assistance or reinforcement. If it […]

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