Wednesday, April 28, 2010
A Flag for the Matabele by Peter Gibbs, published by Frederick Muller Ltd., England, 1955. This was a very well written and unique history of the conquest of Rhodesia, first by a Zulu clan, then by the British Rhodes and company. The author insists that there was nothing racial about it but that if the natives had been blonde haired and blue eyed they would have gotten the same treatment from Rhodes. Gibbs lays out the actions of both sides in a realistic, dramatic, and sometimes even humorous way as history is often made as much by bungling and error as it is by deliberation and courage. Worth reading.
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