Sir Garfield Todd and the making of Zimbabwe /
Ruth Weiss with Jane L. Parpart.
London : British Academic Press in association with P. Schlettwein Pub., 1999.
xx, 234 p., [8] p. of plates, ports ; 22 cm.
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London : British Academic Press in association with P. Schlettwein Pub., 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ruth Weiss is a broadcaster, journalist and author
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Weiss, a journalist, has written a sympathetic yet critical biography of this most unusual politician of Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. She uses written and oral sources from Todd's family and credits Jane Parpart, who has worked extensively in the Central African Archives, with providing material from official sources as well as interview material. Todd was a New Zealander who settled in Southern Rhodesia in 1934 as a Protestant missionary, establishing a network of African schools. Ten years later he joined the white settler government of Sir Godfrey Huggins, hoping to influence it towards policies protecting African rights. When Huggins became Prime Minister of the Central African Federation (much hated by African nationalists) in 1953, Todd became Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia. But his reformism from within a white power structure and his concept of multiracial power-sharing achieved little. In 1958 he was ousted from power by a cabinet and party revolt opposed to his position on African rights. By 1960 he had, as an opposition politician, abandoned paternalism and backed the African nationalist demand for full voting rights for all Africans, and he strongly opposed Ian Smith's unilateral independence after the breakup of the Federation. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. J. E. Flint; emeritus, Dalhousie University
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This work examines Sir Garfield Todd's life and career as Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia. He entered politics to oppose racial discrimination yet joined, and eventually led, the establishment party of white privilege.
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"I had to save Rhodesia." Thus Sir Garfield Todd, a towering figure in the history of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa, defined his mission. He was a missionary from New Zealand who became a Zimbabwean and six years after entering politics became Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia in the early years of the ill-fated Central African Federation. He highlighted the dilemmas experienced by white liberals--derided by whites and denounced by black nationalists as sell-outs. Garfield Todd combined high intelligence, strong self-will, immense energy, great oratory and a sense of high moral purpose, but was a man of contradictions. He entered politics to oppose racial discrimination yet joined, and eventually led, the establishment party of white privilege. Todd has a unique and major place in the making of Zimbabwe, and in the history of Southern Africa and modern Africa.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Chronologyp. xviii
Invercargillp. 1
Gracep. 7
First Stepsp. 13
Dadayap. 17
Historyp. 20
Mission Workp. 25
Educationp. 31
Changesp. 40
White Politicsp. 46
The Roaring Fortiesp. 52
'Disciplinary Action'p. 58
Hokonuip. 62
Federationp. 66
Prime Minister: The Good Yearsp. 71
Early Daysp. 76
Housing and Educationp. 81
Northwardp. 86
Turbulencep. 91
Immoralityp. 100
Crisisp. 108
Aftermathp. 117
In the Wildernessp. 127
The Roller Coaster Yearsp. 134
Constitutionsp. 145
Eyes Rightp. 153
UDIp. 161
Family Mattersp. 167
Pearce Commissionp. 173
The Bush Warp. 181
Final Countdown to Peacep. 188
High Riskp. 196
Lancaster Housep. 203
Reconciliationp. 209
Futurep. 216
Notesp. 222
Indexp. 231
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