Drawing heavily on material from the archives of the governments of colonial Zimbabwe, this invaluable reference tool examines administrative policy concerning issues such as land conservation, community development, and land apportionment to Africans. Much of the original documentation collected here was destroyed by the Rhodesian Front government before Zimbabwean independence in 1980.
As a source book, containing circulars, directives, legislation, official reports, and minutes from office holders, Hidden Conflict provides an inside look at administrative policy in colonial Zimbabwe and the intentions behind it. Through her examination of these documents, Passmore highlights the roles played by colonial civil servants in influencing events in Zimbabwe. The issues, controversies, and concerns the author depicts in her book remain relevant for postcolonial Zimbabwe and many other African countries today.
About the Author:
G.C. PASSMORE served as head of research in the Johannesburg Social Affairs department. Here she was Faculty Research Fellow in the Political Science Department of the University of Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) from 1968 to 1972. The Independent Tribal Areas Research Foundation commissioned her in 1975 to make a study of development policy based on official records, completed in 1978. These recordscomprise the bulk of her book, which builds on that research. She was an Associate of the African Studies Center, University of Cambridge, from 1983 to 1986.