The Last Colony in Africa

Diplomacy & the Independence of Rhodesia

Michael Charlton



The negotiated end of Zimbabwe's war of independence is the focus of this lively account by a senior BBC journalist who skillfully interviewed many of the leading participants of the 1979 Lancaster House conference. Characterizing the settlement as a "stunning diplomatic achievement" for Britain and particularly for Lord Carrington, the author weaves together the recollections of the principal actors with the minimum connecting commentary necessary to sketch the plot, dramatis personae and conflicting interests at stake.


Its revelations are of great historic interest, throwing clear light on the process by which Britain divested herself theoretically of the responsibility for her 'last colony in Africa.' - Michael Carver, The International History Review


Michael Charlton (born 1927) is an Australian-born journalist and broadcaster who worked for the BBC in the United Kingdom for many years.