Zimbabwe

Overview

Rhodesia, a country in southern Africa, was a fairly prosperous British colony until the mid-1960s; however, the black African majority of Rhodesia was ruled by a handful of white leaders. The country fought Great Britain in a 15-year war for independence, which it ultimately achieved in 1980. Zimbabwe, as the new country became known, saw its prosperity decline dramatically under Robert Mugabe, its first ruler. He seized total control over the country and persecuted his ...

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Overview

Rhodesia, a country in southern Africa, was a fairly prosperous British colony until the mid-1960s; however, the black African majority of Rhodesia was ruled by a handful of white leaders. The country fought Great Britain in a 15-year war for independence, which it ultimately achieved in 1980. Zimbabwe, as the new country became known, saw its prosperity decline dramatically under Robert Mugabe, its first ruler. He seized total control over the country and persecuted his political enemies.

In recent years, Mugabe policies-such as military involvement in the Congolese civil war and a land redistribution program-as well as government corruption have devastated the country economically. Although Mugabe's agreed to a power-sharing arrangement in 2009, many political issues remain unresolved. As a result, the future of Zimbabwe in uncertain.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
A country of contradictions; Zimbabwe has beautiful scenery and many natural resources, yet it is one of political and economic unrest. This work in “The Evolution of Africa’s Major Nations” series is chock full of facts, history, and the culture of this South African country, making an excellent resource for assignments about Zimbabwe, or leisure reading for those interested in countries of Africa. Find out about the great Enclosure—the largest stone structure in Africa south of the Pyramids in Egypt; Victoria Falls—the largest waterfall in the world; and discover the beauty of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital; and the people of Zimbabwe, to name a few. Colorful photographs enhance the comprehensive text making this an ideal addition to the research library, though the chapters about the country’s economic and political struggles are depressing and discouraging at times, making it difficult to hold one’s interest, but expressing the realities of the current government, and life in southern Africa. Following the text are several additional points of interest: a helpful glossary, recipes (how about peanut butter stew?), project ideas, a chronology of the country’s history, and further references for more in-depth research. This small book is almost like having an encyclopedic entry at your fingertips, but much more compact! Reviewer: Elizabeth Young; Ages 10 to 13.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422221884
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Evolution of Africa's Major Nations Series
  • Pages: 79
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6

A Tableland Set for a Feast 11

Struggle and Liberation 21

A Work in Progress 37

An Economy in Crisis 43

Descendants of the Bantu 53

From City to Countryside 61

A Calendar of Zimbabwean Festivals 66

Recipes 68

Glossary 70

Project and Report Ideas 72

Chronology 74

Further Reading/Internet Resources 76

For More Information 77

Index 78

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