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LAND REFORM IN ZIMBABWE: A CASE OF BRITAIN'S NEO-COLONIAL INTRANSIGENCE?

by Mushimbo, Creed

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The purpose of this thesis was to conduct an in-depth investigation, analysis, and interpretation of Britain’s land policy in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and its implications from 1890 to 2003. It assessed the extent to which the British government up-held its obligations to the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement on the question of land redistribution, and outlined the evolution of Britain’s policy over time; considering its aims, implementation, and outcomes. This study showed how the policies pursued by Britain impacted the land reform program in Zimbabwe. It argued that the policies pursued and advocated by Britain, i.e. economic liberalization, respect for “property rights” and the rule of law, did not promote, and neither did they result in a fair distribution of land. Economic liberalization prioritized the interests of the rich landed classes of the colonial era, as well as those of other emerging social and political elites. Thus, Britain’s land policy in post-independence Zimbabwe led to the development of a politically and economically unstable neo-colonial state.
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School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:british land policy in zimbabwe reform crisis lancaster house conference on rhodesia rule of law and property rights economic liberalization

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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