Abstract

Abstract:

This paper explores the inter-party competition and preoccupation with broader African affairs that prevailed in Southern Rhodesia’s establishment politics before the far-right Rhodesian Front came to power in 1962. Kenya, the first British colonial possession in Africa with a significant white settler population to become independent, assumed a prominent position in intra-white debates on the collapse of colonialism across the continent. The paper tracks the impact of Kenya’s decolonisation trajectory through a series of key political events in Rhodesia, including debates on the establishment of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, the Monckton Commission, Southern Rhodesia’s 1961 Constitution, and the 1962 general election.

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