Category: Podcasts

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 →

Zanzibar, and the East African Slave Trade

The recall of the Zambezi Expedition in 1863, and the failure of the Universities Mission to Central Africa, largely as a consequence of mounting costs, not least in human mortality, and the failure of the expedition to find the practical highway into the interior that it sought, was a significant blow to David Livingstone’s personal prestige, his reputation, his self… Read more →

The Turning Point Strategy

1976 also witnessed important political developments that once again put a stranglehold on the various advocates of a total solution in order that a negotiation process neither invited nor wanted by any of the warring factions. This again was a peace process forced upon the protagonists by their sponsors, and this time involved to a large degree the United States… Read more →

Léopold Sédar Senghor, the Life of a French African

The life of Léopold Sédar Senghor spanned a century of change in Africa, a century during which the colonial occupation of the continent reached it’s zenith, began to topple and ultimately fell. An award winning poet, decorated scholar, pioneer of negro cultural autonomy and liberation icon, Senghor was, as he remains, one of the towering figures of the African liberation… Read more →

ZAPU in the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle

As the armed wing of ZAPU withdrew to ponder lessons learned, the detained leadership within Rhodesia settled into what seemed likely to be a sustained period of restriction. For Joshua Nkomo the prospect was particularly dreary. Somewhere between the claims of his apologists of untainted zealotry, and his protagonists insistence on his innate corruptibility, lies the truth of what motivated… Read more →

The Emergence of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle

The immediate consequence of the split in the nationalist movement was violence on a level hitherto unseen. This was a fight to the death, an equalisation and an unequivocal exposure of the deep ethnic and personal fissures that had lain unseen beneath the surface as the cordial first phase of the struggle came to an end. One of the most… Read more →

Black Political Awakening in Rhodesia

In the short history of Zimbabwe ZAPU, or the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union, has tended to be regarded as a predominantly amaNdebele party, which latterly has certainly been the case, but at its founding it was a continuation of the determinedly multi-racial and multi-ethnic nationalist credo that defined the formation of the revived African National Congress. This was reflected in… Read more →