Author: chimanimani

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 →

The Anglo Zulu War

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs promised we have South African battlefield guide, speaker and storyteller Rob Caskie as a guest to chat with us about the Anglo Zulu War. Rob is an internationally recognized expert on this and a great many other battles and conflicts associated with early South African history. Rob’s website is robcaskie.com, and here you… Read more →

The Scattering of the People

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is a little bit of a preparatory episode to set the stage for the guest appearance of Rob Caskie, who is currently recognized as one of the leading experts on the Anglo/Zulu War, in particular the two battles of Isandlwana and Rourkes Drift. Rob is also one of South Africa’s premier Anglo/Zulu War… Read more →

The Day that Livingstone Lost his Head

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe John Chilembwe Uprising was a a ‘Native Revolt’, in the terminology of the times, that took place in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland in January, 1915. Militarily, the uprising was insignificant, but in terms of its symbolism to the wider African Liberation Movement, it was monumental. There had, of course, been a great… Read more →

An Overview of the African Slave Trade

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis overview of the African Slave trade is a brief look at two branches of African slavery, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean branches. The former – the Atlantic trade, is the better known of the two, and has tended to inform the popular perception of this enormous chapter of African and global history. It… Read more →

The Universities Mission to Central Africa: The First Humanitarian Intervention

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis Episode tells the story of the Universities Mission to Central Africa, an initiative primarily of Cambridge and Oxford Universities to enter the un-mapped regions of Central Africa to put into effect the great civilising mission of Doctor David Livingstone. It is a cautionary tale very relevant to modern politics and humanitarian adventure, and… Read more →

Of Passive & Violent Resistance Part I

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOf Passive and Violent Resistance is my latest book, and it examines the issue of race and race relations in the British Empire against the backdrop of a unique relationship between two men who stood on opposing race axis. The first was Mohandas K Gandhi, and the other general Jan Christian Smuts. This podcast… Read more →

Of Passive & Violent Resistance Part II

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOf Passive and Violent Resistance is my latest book, and it examines the issue of race and race relations in the British Empire against the backdrop of a unique relationship between two men who stood on opposing race axis. The first was Mohandas K Gandhi, and the other general Jan Christian Smuts. This podcast… Read more →

Of Passive and Violent Resistance: Gandhi and Smuts in South Africa

In the British general election of 1892, the nation was astonished as results began to trickle in to discover that an Indian, an elderly Parsi by the name of Dadabahi Naoroji, had taken the inner London seat of Finsbury Central on behalf of the Liberal Party. This was a watershed moment in British domestic politics, marking the conclusion of a… Read more →

A Brief Background to Joseph Kony and the Lords Resistance Army

Introduction The Lord’s Resistance Army appeared on the conflict landscape of Central Africa at the dawn of perhaps one of the bleakest period of post independence African history, the 1980/90s. This was the era of Afro-pessimism, during which the proliferation of war and crisis in Africa appeared simply overwhelming. It was during this period that the continent began to feel… Read more →

US Intervention Somalia 1992/3 and The Battle of Mogadishu

Introduction In character, the Isa [a Somali clan] are childish and docile, cunning, and deficient in judgment, kind and fickle, good-humoured and irascible, warm-hearted, and infamous for cruelty and treachery – Sir Richard Burton First Footsteps in Africa There is an ancient and oft quoted Somali saying that in many ways sums up the outside perception of Somalia, a race… Read more →

The History of Boko Haram

The Historic Social Divide in Nigeria Colonial Nigeria The modern state of Nigeria, as it is recognizable today, came into being in 1914, with the creation of the British Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. This was the defining moment when the vaunted British theory of Indirect Rule found practical expression, and the point at which the idealism of a handful… Read more →

Book Review of the Rhodesia Regiment History by Brigadier (retd) G. de V.W. Hayes CBE

RHODESIA REGIMENT 1899–1981 by Peter Baxter, Hugh Bomford, Gerry van Tonder Rhodesia Regiment 1899–1981 is a wonderfully written and marvelously illustrated history of that famous colonial unit, The Royal Rhodesia Regiment. From its origins in 1899, to protect the frontiers of Southern Rhodesia against Boer invasion, to final disbandment in 1981, following independence and the creation of Zimbabwe, the story… Read more →

Battle of Mavonde – The Liberation version of Operation Miracle

First published in the Patriot in September 18, 2014, composed by Booker Tichazvipedza (this version was pirated). A version of the Operation Miracle, known in liberation circles as the Battle of Mavonde.  Part I THE Mavonde/Monte Cassino battle pitting a supposedly superior white Rhodesian Airforce against a crack ZANLA artillery unit was a duel fought during the Lancaster House talks… Read more →