Every Man Has His Price

Overview

This book sheds light on the early colonial period of Zimbabwe when many of the current land disputes originated. In particular, the book examines the Rudd Concession, the seminal southern African land and mineral agreement signed in 1888 by Cecil Rhodes and Lobengula, King of the Matabele. The Concession was not merely a land agreement, but also legal transfer of all political and economic control of the entire Matabele kingdom to Cecil Rhodes and the British. Why would Lobengula sign such a seemingly disastrous...

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Overview

This book sheds light on the early colonial period of Zimbabwe when many of the current land disputes originated. In particular, the book examines the Rudd Concession, the seminal southern African land and mineral agreement signed in 1888 by Cecil Rhodes and Lobengula, King of the Matabele. The Concession was not merely a land agreement, but also legal transfer of all political and economic control of the entire Matabele kingdom to Cecil Rhodes and the British. Why would Lobengula sign such a seemingly disastrous agreement? The question is fundamental to an examination of the Rudd Concession and to understand Zimbabwe's fierce conflicts today. Moreover, this question underscores the historical nature of many post-colonial dilemmas throughout Africa. This book looks to understand from a late nineteenth century perspective why Rhodes sought the agreement, and more interestingly why Lobengula ever signed it. It also discusses the essential similarities between 19th century colonialism and African capitalism today, illustrating significant implications for contemporary relations between the developed and developing world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761839552
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 1,011,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Laurie is a social scientist currently undertaking research at the University of Oxford on the land seizure era in Zimbabwe. The primary focus of this study is to identify various socio-political consequences of farm acquisition, asset seizure, and the associated violence. During his time as a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, he studied the role of foreign aid in Britain's political relationship with Zimbabwe.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 List of Tables Part 2 List of Figures Part 3 Preface Chapter 4 The Charge for Africa Chapter 5 The Fly and the Chameleon Chapter 6 The Signatories and the End of Kingdom Chapter 7 An Examination of the Rudd Concession Chapter 8 Conclusion Part 9 Bibliography

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