This is the earliest history of the British colony of Rhodesia. Written only eight years after the first white settlement and based on exclusive access to the files of Cecil John Rhodes’s British South Africa Company, this book became the benchmark for all other works.
It is more than the exciting history of the Pioneer Column: it details the tumultuous events of the Matabele Wars, the last stand of Allan Wilson, Rhodes’s personal intervention to the Matabele to halt the fighting, and much more.
Written by one of Britain’s leading war correspondents, A History of Rhodesia is a book of its time: unashamedly jingoistic, pro-Empire, anti-Boer and anti-Matabele, it provides a remarkable insight into the personalities and mindset of the builders of the British Empire.
“It is, unfortunately, so easy to sit at home in a comfortable arm-chair and pour forth vigorous denunciations on the heads of those of one’s countrymen who are battling with hordes of savages in a distant land.”
Chapter I. Early History of Rhodesia
Chapter II. Matabeleland under Lobengula
Chapter III. The Concession Gained
Chapter IV. Founding a Colony
Chapter V. War with the Matabele
Chapter VI. War with the Matabele—continued
Chapter VII. Conclusion of the War
Chapter VIII. The Jameson Raid
Chapter IX. The Jameson Raid Committee
Chapter X. Outbreak of the Matabele Rebellion
Chapter XI. The Matabele Rebellion—continued
Chapter XII. The Matabele Rebellion—continued
Chapter XIII. End of the Matabele Rebellion
Chapter XIV. After the War
Chapter XV. Sir Richard Martin’s Inquiry
Chapter XVI. The Progress of the Country
Chapter XVII. Mr Rhodes and the Imperial Government
Chapter XVIII. Representative Government in Rhodesia
Chapter XIX. The Siege of Kimberley
Chapter XX. Events at Mafeking