Britain and Rhodesia 1964 – 75

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Britain and Rhodesia 1964 – 75.

  • Macmillan’s ‘Wind’s of Change’ speech was welcomed throughout Africa, except in the south. Macmillan’s main target, the white minority regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia, saw his speech as a threat and were not persuaded that change was inevitable
  •  In 1963 South Africa left the Commonwealth
  • Also in this year the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland broke up into three (Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia) but Rhodesia was denied independence unless majority rule replaced the white domination of politics. In 1965 Ian Smith, a former RAF pilot became prime minister and rushed through the Unilateral Declaration of Independence
  •  He was committed


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