The Collapse of Rhodesia: Population Demographics and the Politics of Race

Josiah Brownell


The Collapse of Rhodesia: Population Demographics and the Politics of Race

The Collapse of Rhodesia: Population Demographics and the Politics of Race

  • Title: The Collapse of Rhodesia: Population Demographics and the Politics of Race
  • Author: Josiah Brownell
  • ISBN: 9781848854758
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover



In the years leading up to Rhodesia s Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, its small and transient white population was balanced precariously atop a large and fast growing African population This unstable political demography was set against the backdrop of continent wide decolonisation and a parallel rise in African nationalism within Rhodesia The Collapse ofIn the years leading up to Rhodesia s Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, its small and transient white population was balanced precariously atop a large and fast growing African population This unstable political demography was set against the backdrop of continent wide decolonisation and a parallel rise in African nationalism within Rhodesia The Collapse of Rhodesia provides a controversial re examination of the final decades of white minority rule Josiah Brownell argues that racial population demographics and the pressures they produced were a pervasive, but hidden, force behind many of Rhodesia s most dramatic political events, including UDI He concludes that the UDI rebellion eventually failed because the state was unable to successfully redress white Rhodesia s fundamental demographic weaknesses By addressing this vital demographic component of the multifaceted conflict, this book is an important contribution to the historiography of the last years of white rule in Rhodesia.


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Josiah Brownell’s "The Collapse of Rhodesia" provides a much-needed top-down look at the numbers game that so concerned the white Rhodesian state from the early 1960s through the 1970s. Drawing largely on census work from the Rhodesian state and other archival materials from the United States, South Africa, and Great Britain, Brownell is able to provide us with an accurate depiction of the degree to which the Rhodesian “island of white” in a “sea of black” problem was presenting itself [...]


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