An American-Rhodesian Perspective

Davenport, John
April 1978
National Review;4/14/1978, Vol. 30 Issue 15, p460
The article discusses the political trends in Rhodesia under the leadership of Prime Minister Ian Smith. Smith's war record in early years and his talent for leadership led Rhodesia's politicians to persuade him to run for Parliament on the Liberal ticket and win. He recognized the two main issues, which have agitated his country. The first being the way white settlers should deal with an ever-growing black population in the country and the second was the county's relation with the British Crown. In November 1965, Ian Smith, signed Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence. A new constitution was formed on the lines of the constitution of 1961. The country's white-dominated political system faced threats from the encroachment of pro-Soviet communist rebels in neighboring countries. The complications caused by the nation's ambivalent relations with the U.S. have been examined.


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