From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980 / Edition 1

From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980 / Edition 1

by Gerald Horne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807849030

ISBN-13: 9780807849033

Pub. Date: 06/26/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In November 1965, Ian Smith's white minority government in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) made a unilateral declaration of independence, breaking with Great Britain. With a European population of a few hundred thousand dominating an African majority of several million, Rhodesia's racial structure echoed the apartheid of neighboring South Africa. Smith's

Overview

In November 1965, Ian Smith's white minority government in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) made a unilateral declaration of independence, breaking with Great Britain. With a European population of a few hundred thousand dominating an African majority of several million, Rhodesia's racial structure echoed the apartheid of neighboring South Africa. Smith's declaration sparked an escalating guerrilla war that claimed thousands of lives.

Across the Atlantic, President Lyndon B. Johnson nervously watched events in Rhodesia, fearing that racial conflict abroad could inflame racial discord at home. Although Washington officially voiced concerns over human rights violations, an attitude of tolerance generally marked U.S. relations with the Rhodesian government: sanctions were imposed but not strictly enforced, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of American mercenaries joined white Rhodesia's side in battle with little to fear from U.S. laws. Despite such tacit U.S. support, Smith's regime fell in 1980, and the independent state of Zimbabwe was born.

The first comprehensive account of American involvement in the war against Zimbabwe, this compelling work also explores how our relationship with Rhodesia helped define interracial dynamics in the United States, and vice versa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849033
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/26/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
IPreamble
Introduction: Rhodesia Retreats3
1.Toward Zimbabwe15
IIPower
2.The White Atlantic51
3.White (Cultural and Ideological) Power93
IIIPolicy
4.White House, Checkered Policy133
5.The Business of War169
IVPeople
6.Soldiers of Fortune201
7.Africans and African Americans241
Conclusion: Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States265
Notes287
Index303

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