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Zimbabwe

The British colony of Southern Rhodesia became part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1953. In 1963 Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland pulled out of the Federation, citing the extreme conditions in the Southern Rhodesia. In 1965, Ian Smith made a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. Negotiations towards independence started in 1975 and independence was achieved in 1980.

A Brief History of Zimbabwe - Part 1
A brief introduction to the history of Zimbabwe from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 - Early Kingdoms to UDI

A Brief History of Zimbabwe - Part 2
A brief introduction to the history of Zimbabwe from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 - UDI to Independence

A Brief History of Zimbabwe - Part 3
A brief introduction to the history of Zimbabwe from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 3 – Independence to a One Party State

A Brief History of Zimbabwe - Part 4
A brief introduction to the history of Zimbabwe from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 4 – A Growing Crisis in Zimbabwe

Background Notes: Zimbabwe
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Zimbabwe. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defense, and relations with the US.

Zimbabwe - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Zimbabwe. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Zimbabwe’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Zimbabwe from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Zimbabwe given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Zimbabwe
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Zimbabwe's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Zimbabwe's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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