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‘Rhodesians Never Die’The Impact of War and Political Change on White Rhodesia, c.1970–1980$
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Peter Godwin and Ian Hancock

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203650.001.0001

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‘It is perhaps, the end of the beginning’

‘It is perhaps, the end of the beginning’

(p.148) 5 ‘It is perhaps, the end of the beginning’
‘Rhodesians Never Die’

Peter Godwin

Ian Hancock

Oxford University Press

The war invaded every aspect of Rhodesian life during 1976. While the farming communities of the new operational area constituted the front line everyone was affected in some way by the escalation of war. More importantly, the escalation of war generated and intensified divisions which the illusion of greater solidarity could not conceal. The government and the security forces handled adversity by compounding old mistakes and making new ones, all the time misleading an electorate which begged to hear what it wanted to believe, and preferred not to believe what it could observe.

Keywords:   farming communities, security forces, national solidarity, war escalation, military police, National Service Act

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