Chapter

Ian Smith

Bill Schwarz

in Memories of Empire, Volume I

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199296910
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730887 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296910.003.0009

Series: Memories Of Empire

Ian Smith

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The chapter explores the idea of Southern Rhodesia as a white man's country, from its founding in the late C19 to its final destruction, focusing particularly on the issue of white, or ethnic, populism. The second part recounts the political career of Ian Smith, discussing his highly-strung conceptions of racial whiteness. And the final part discusses the political influence of Smith and of other white Rhodesians in England, continuing the story of the Monday Club and of the formation of a New Right politics in the early 1960s.

Keywords: Rhodesia; Ian Smith; white populism; white man's country; decolonization; memory; Monday Club; New Right

Chapter.  19534 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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