Tag Archives | History of the amaNdebele

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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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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The Shangani Patrol

As Rhodesian Administrator Leander Starr Jameson rode into the smoking ruins of Bulawayo in the aftermath of the first phase of the Matabele War he somewhat naively expected to find Lobengula waiting to surrender formally. This would have crowned an impressive advance with a clean victory and wrapped up the war in favour of the […]

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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 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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The death of Mzilikazi and the arrival of the white man

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleThe Matabele Mission died in due course of depletion and internal discord, proving only that no man or woman in Matabeleland would dare to commit to anything that competed with the stern residue of Mzilikazi’s rule. However the political importance of the […]

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