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Garfield Todd: The End of The Liberal Dream in Rhodesia by Susan Woodhouse

  By any standard, Sir Garfield Todd (1908–2002) was a great man. But was his legacy anything more than a deferred dream about the need for a multicultural, non-racial society in Southern Rhodesia?When his ground-breaking premiership ended with a cabinet coup in 1958, an editorial in the African Daily News said that Garfield Todd was the white politician most trusted by blacks and that his fall was ‘a severe blow to the forces of co-operation in this country’.

With his political demise, most whites rejoiced. At his death, many blacks mourned.What happened – and why?Over the decades, historians and journalists have tried to make sense of the Todd story. 

 


Absent: The English Teacher by John Eppel

  ‘When George J. George mistook his white Ford Escort for the moon, he knew his time was up.’
When Mr George loses his job teaching English at a private secondary school in Bulawayo, ‘his pension payout, after forty years of full-time service, bought him two jam doughnuts and a soft tomato.’ When he backs his uninsured white Ford Escort into a brand new Mercedes Benz, the out-of-court settlement sees him giving up his house to the complainant, Beauticious Nyamayakanuna, and becoming her domestic servant.
Through the prism of this engaging post-colonial role reversal, and spiced with George’s lessons on Shakespeare, John Eppel draws down the curtain on one particular white man in Africa.

Becoming Zimbabwe: A History From The Pre-Colonial Period to 2008

  In 1997, the then secretary of the ZCTU, Morgan Tsvangirai, expressed the need for a 'more opan and critical process of writing history in Zimbabwe. The history of a nation-in-the-making should not be reduced to a selective heroic tradition, but should be a tolerant and continuing process of questioning and examination.'
Becoming Zimbabwe tracks the idea of national belonging and citizenship and explores the nature of state rule, the changing contours of political economy, and the general international dimensions of Zimbabwe's history.

Leading from Behind by Maia Chenaux-Repond

  Drawing on communications ‘rescued’ from the shredders in the last days of Rhodesia, enlivened by her photographs and memories – both those of her own and her colleagues – Maia Chenaux-Repond tells the story of her work as the Provincial Community Development Officer (Women) for Mashonaland South in the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the 1970s.