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A Brutal State of Affairs : The Rise and Fall of Rhodesia

Author :  Henrik Ellert & Dennis Anderson

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Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
ISBN 9781779223739
Format PaperBack
Language English
Year of Publication 2020
Bib. Info x, 414p. ; 254x178mm. ; B/W Illustrations. Includes Index ; Bibliography
Product Weight 850 gms.
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A Brutal State of Affairs analyses the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe and challenges Rhodesian mythology. The story of the BSAP, where white and black officers were forced into a situation not of their own making, is critically examined. The liberation war in Rhodesia might never have happened but for the ascendency of the Rhodesian Front, prevailing racist attitudes, and the rise of white nationalists who thought their cause just. Blinded by nationalist fervour and the reassuring words of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and army commanders, the Smith government disregarded the advice of its intelligence services to reach a settlement before it was too late. By 1979, the Rhodesians were staring into the abyss, and the war was drawing to a close. Salisbury was virtually encircled, and guerrilla numbers continued to grow. A Brutal State of Affairs examines the Rhodesian legacy, the remarkable parallels of history, and suggests that Smith’s Rhodesian template for rule has, in many instances, been assiduously applied by Mugabe and his successors.

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