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7 - The Big Gamble

The Transition and Pre-election Period

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 September 2021

Timothy Lewis Scarnecchia
Affiliation:
Kent State University, Ohio
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This chapter examines the breakthrough in the Anglo-American diplomacy with the decision made at the July 1979 Lusaka Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting by the British to support Commonwealth proposals to not recognize the new Zimbabwe-Rhodesia government led by Bishop Muzorewa and to not lift sanctions. Instead, a declaration was made that committed the British to holding a constitutional conference in London and Lancaster House in late 1979. The chapter covers some details of the Lancaster House negotiations relating to the difficulties Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe had with some of the strong provisions to protect white Zimbabwean rights around land and pensions. The unilateral decision by Robert Mugabe and ZANU to run on a separate ticket in the 1980 elections is also discussed.

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Race and Diplomacy in Zimbabwe
The Cold War and Decolonization,1960–1984
, pp. 203 - 226
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • The Big Gamble
  • Timothy Lewis Scarnecchia, Kent State University, Ohio
  • Book: Race and Diplomacy in Zimbabwe
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009053860.008
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  • The Big Gamble
  • Timothy Lewis Scarnecchia, Kent State University, Ohio
  • Book: Race and Diplomacy in Zimbabwe
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009053860.008
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  • The Big Gamble
  • Timothy Lewis Scarnecchia, Kent State University, Ohio
  • Book: Race and Diplomacy in Zimbabwe
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009053860.008
Available formats
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