The Past Is Another Country

Rhodesia, 1890-1979

Martin Meredith



Martin Meredith is a journalist who spent a number of years in Salisbury working as a foreign correspondent for the Observer and The Sunday Times. His book exhibits many of the strengths of a journalistic account. It is well-written, unencumbered by a great deal of detail or abstract theorizing, and manages to carry the reader through a maze of seemingly unrelated events. His treatment of politics in the settler community - most notably the splits and tensions with the Rhodesian Front and the opposition role of the Catholic Church - is extremely well done.


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Martin Meredith has spent much of his life writing about Africa: first as a foreign correspondent for the London Observer and Sunday Times, then as a research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and now as an independent author and commentator.