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Title:'Normal political activities': Rhodesia, the Pearce Commission, and the African National Council
Author:White, LuiseISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:52
Issue:3
Pages:321-340
Language:English
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Great Britain
Subjects:anticolonialism
decolonization
political conflicts
commissions of inquiry
African National Council
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41480243
Abstract:In 1972 a British commission arrived in Rhodesia to test how acceptable the latest and most comprehensive proposals to end Rhodesia's rebellion were to its entire people. Africans rejected the proposals in overwhelming numbers. Such powerful opposition was attributed to the African National Council, said to be a new and spontaneous organization, but in fact the creation of the banned political parties. This article examines the political agitation during the Pearce Commission's visit to show how commonplace the layers of political affiliation, substitution, and deception were in the groups that both supported and opposed the proposals in 1970s Rhodesia. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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