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'So a long way and No Further!' Rhodesia's Bid for Independence in the course of the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965 Ian Smith's unilateral announcement of independence for Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on 11 November 1965 used to be visible via many because the act of a rebellious white minority trying to defend their privileged place in defiance of Britain's choice to shed her Empire and introduce rule by means of the African majority once attainable. in spite of the fact that, the drama of UDI has lengthy overshadowed and oversimplified the complexities of the previous years. In this account of that point, in response to sole entry to the hitherto closed papers of Ian Douglas Smith and Sir Roy Welensky, in addition to broad study at London's Public checklist place of work, and in govt and personal collections somewhere else, Dr J.R.T. wooden chronicles the collision path on which Britain and Rhodesia have been set after 1959, complementing his learn of the destiny of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in his definitive 'The Welensky Papers: A heritage of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland 1953-1963'. Britain, wooden exhibits, was once motive on laying off her Empire as speedy as attainable opposed to a backdrop of the chilly warfare and the increase of chinese language- and Soviet-sponsored African nationalism. She added a few six hundred one guy, one vote constitutions to her fledgling countries and had no goal of granting Rhodesia independence on assorted phrases. not like Britain's different African possessions, in spite of the fact that, Rhodesia had loved self-governance due to the fact 1923. The mostly white Rhodesian voters, cautious of the implications of untimely and ill-prepared majority rule, sought as an alternative dominion prestige equivalent to that of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Their goal used to be steadily to pave the way in which for majority rule: considering that 1923, Rhodesia's electoral skills had excluded race. It used to be continuously understood that the African majority might collect energy; the fear used to be the rate and smoothness of that acquisition. Culminating in these dramatic days of November 1965 while Ian Smith concluded within the face of resolute British stonewalling that he had no replacement yet UDI, this particular account is the 1st in a chain which chronicles the process occasions that eventually resulted in Robert Mugabe's accession to energy in 1980, and all that entailed.