Introduction; 1. Historical background: 1960 to 1970; 2. The early 1970s; 3. Liberation struggles in Southern Africa, 1975-1976; 4. 'We don't give a damn about Rhodesia': the Geneva talks 1976; 5. Negotiating independence 1977-1978; 6. Negotiating independently, 1978; 7. The big gamble: the transition and pre-election period; 8. The 1980 elections and the first years of independence; 9. Gukurahundi and Zimbabwe's place in the 1980s cold war; Conclusion; Selected bibliography.
Examines the role of racism within international relations bureaucracies during years of Zimbabwe diplomacy, before and after Independence.
Timothy Lewis Scarnecchia is an Associate Professor of African History and Kent State University in Ohio. He is the author of Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe: Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964 (2008) and numerous articles on Zimbabwean political history. His research for this book has brought him to work in archives in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.