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By W. McIntyre

This lucid advisor meets the necessity for an up to date evaluate of the modern Commonwealth. It has a succinct part on its historic historical past and offers consciousness to symbols and to the "People's Commonwealth" of voluntary corporations, activities, and enterprise. It highlights serious questions of stability that experience emerged among the relative roles of governments and reputable companies, voluntary institutions, and personal enterprise.

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Had Smith accepted, Wilson was still prepared to give independence before majority rule. Smith refused, so Wilson closed the door and adopted Nibmar. In the end, the notorious ‘weeks rather than months’ stretched to 15 years. It took a civil war to bring an end to the rebel white regime. With the main African leaders in detention, African nationalists began guerrilla activities from neighbouring Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. A compromise formula for meeting the Six Principles, agreed with Smith in 1971, was rejected by the Rhodesian majority after a visiting Royal Commission sounded local opinion.

With the main African leaders in detention, African nationalists began guerrilla activities from neighbouring Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. A compromise formula for meeting the Six Principles, agreed with Smith in 1971, was rejected by the Rhodesian majority after a visiting Royal Commission sounded local opinion. After 1972 the African ‘liberation struggle’ developed into a regular war. At first, the Rhodesian Security Forces held the initiative, but, after the Portuguese revolution of 1974 produced a government which gave independence to Mozambique in 1975, a huge flank was opened in the Rhodesian defences.

The Conservative governments of the 1950s still regarded the Commonwealth as a small club for big members. The Federation went ahead in 1953 against the wishes of its African majority peoples, who were not consulted. Thus African nationalist parties became vocal in all three territories, demanding the same rights Rhodesia’s UDI and the Crisis of the 1960s 33 as Ghanaians and Nigerians. The nationalists in the two northern protectorates abhorred, especially, control from Salisbury and demanded independence for themselves.

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