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Francophone Africa at fifty$
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Tony Chafer and Alexander Keese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089305

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.001.0001

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A transnational decolonisation: Britain, France and the Rhodesian problem, 1965–1969

A transnational decolonisation: Britain, France and the Rhodesian problem, 1965–1969

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(p.171) 11 A transnational decolonisation: Britain, France and the Rhodesian problem, 1965–1969
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Francophone Africa at fifty
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Joanna Warson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.003.0012

Southern Rhodesia turned, in the 1960s and 1970s, into a very complex problem. Joanna Warson discusses the ways in which France’s African diplomacy attempted to have a role in the processes concerning a former British colony. She analyzes this unknown facet of a French Rhodesian policy and its effects on the British vision of decolonization. According to Warson, these French activities existed both at a state and private level, being comprised of direct military, financial, diplomatic and cultural involvement, and were crucial to the course of events on the ground and to the wider story of Anglo-French relations in the post-war era. In this context, France’s Rhodesian policy was (at least in part) shaped by its own experiences of decolonization in Francophone Africa, and thus closely intertwined with forces that crossed the Channel and the artificial national boundaries in Africa.

Keywords:   Southern Rhodesia, Britain, France, colony, decolonization, Anglo-French relations

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