Rhodes’ Ghost

The Conquest of Zambesia

Duncan Clarke


  • Unknown publisher
  • Seattle, WA
  • 2020
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 792 pages


Cecil John Rhodes lived from 1853 to 1902, as the renowned and world-famous founder of Rhodesia (1890–1980), the leading personality in the Victorian era of African empire, so shaping nineteenth century Zambesia to end a history of turbulence on the Great Plateau. He was the main architect behind Rhodesia’s formation, its geographies and political economy. Generations of Rhodesians followed this pioneering path for ninety years, to establish a modern state in Africa which ended in civil war, with few Rhodesians living in the inheritor state, but with Rhodesiana and its legacies still found on the world stage.


“I don’t know how many books have been written about Cecil John Rhodes, but Duncan Clarke’s magisterial, Rhodes’ Ghost might be close to the final word on this extraordinary man … - Hannes Wessels, Africa Unauthorised


Duncan Clarke was born in Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe) in 1948, and graduated from Rhodes University in 1969, with Ph.D (Economics) from University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1975.