Pattern, Puzzle, and Peculiarity: Rhodesia’s UDI and Decolonisation in Southern Africa

  title={Pattern, Puzzle, and Peculiarity: Rhodesia’s UDI and Decolonisation in Southern Africa},
  author={Kate Law},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  pages={721 - 728}
  • Kate Law
  • Published 3 September 2017
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
On 18 April 1980, the Union Jack was finally lowered at Government House, Harare. Presiding over this muted piece of imperial theatre, Lord Soames, who had been appointed interim governor of Rhodesia at the end of 1979, was flanked by Prince Charles, with both men mustering the appropriate level of solemnity that befitted the occasion. Ninety years after the pioneer column had raised the British flag, its lowering in April 1980 symbolised the formal end of British control in the country, the… 
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