African Decolonization

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to Episode 9 of the Peter Baxter History Podcast. I think we have at last put aside the imperial and colonial era, and we will start dealing now in more detail with matters of liberation and revolution which I think is one of the most interesting phases of African history. This episode… Read more →

History of Rhodesia Part V – The Last Chapter

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is the last in my series of programes dealing with the history of Rhodesia. It plots the beginning of the land crisis, and the war that brought the liberation of the colony in 1980. From here we will start to deal with the general African liberation movement in From here we will start… Read more →

History of Rhodesia Part IV – The Pioneer Column and a New Colony

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome to episode four of my overview of Rhodesian history. I am using these episodes as a vehicle to illustrate the general period of aggressive British territorial aquisition in Africa, that took place in last decade of the 19th century. We also touch on the subject of land in this episode, and I hope… Read more →

History of Rhodesia Part III

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to Part III of the History of Rhodesia. This part deals with with the arrival in South Africa of Cecil John Rhodes, and his emergence as one of the principal financial and political personalities on the British imperial stage. It also covers the first phase of frontier diplomacy between British and indigenous… Read more →

The History of Rhodesia Part II

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is the second in my multi part series, the History of Rhodesia. I thought I would begin with an overview of the pre-colonial history of Zimbabwe, to set the stage for what will probably be quite a Eurocentric study. Rhodesia was a white construct, and the war that decided its future was a… Read more →

The History of Rhodesia Part I

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is episode one in what I hope will be a three part series in the history and founding of Rhodesia. Rhodesia was, of course, the colonial iteration of Zimbabwe, and it was perhaps the most challenging phase of British imperial history in Africa, hence the amount of time that will be devoted to… Read more →

The White Man Arrives

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Here we examine and discuss the first arrival on the shores of South Africa of the European races. In 1488 the first Portuguese mariners made landfall at the Cape, but they did not attempt to settle, The first permanent white settlement took place in 1652 with the arrival at the Cape of representatives… Read more →