The Welensky Papers

A History of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

J R T Wood


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 1983
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 1330 pages


An assiduous collector, Sir Roy added to his hundreds of files of personal correspondence, complete sets of Federal and British minutes, memoranda and dispatches. Skilfully blending these with abundant other material (British, Federal and territorial Hansards, newspaper and public reports, biographies, other private collections and interview with the chief protagonists), Dr J.R.T. Wood has written incisively on the tortuous efforts, since 1894, to unify the three territories of Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The architects of this last British Imperial experiment in Africa had conflicting motives. Britain wished to ease her Colonial burden an to provide a liberal counter to Afrikaner extremism. The Rhodesian and Nyasaland Europeans sought freedom from British control and to secure self-government on their own terms. Both sides ignored African opinion.


[Wood] describes in precise detail the brief but significant life of the Federation, the euphoria when her Government assumed power, and its achievements - the greatest being the mammoth Kariba hydro-electric scheme.


Dr J R T Wood is a Commonwealth Scholar, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and graduate of Rhodes and Edinburgh universities. He is one of the world's leading historians on Rhodesian and Zimbabwean political and military history.