Origins of Rhodesia

Stanlake Samkange


This book has since been long out of print.


In Origins of Rhodesia Samkange has written a straightforward history of the formative years of Rhodesia, 1887 -90. This is based upon documentary and oral evidence studied in Rhodesia as well as in Britain and the United States.


We are not likely to get a closer or more accurate view of the essential events leading up to the invasion of Matabeleland by the British South Africa Company than Stanlake Samkange presents in the Origins of Rhodesia. - Prosser Gifford, African Historical Studies


Stanlake John William Thompson Samkange (1922–1988) was a Zimbabwean historiographer, educationist, journalist, author, and African nationalist. He was a member of an elite Zimbabwean nationalist political dynasty and the most prolific of the first generation of black Zimbabwean creative writers in English.