Three connoisseurs of Rhodesian philately, Brian Trotter RDP Hon. FRPSL, Patrick Flanagan RDPSA FRPSL, and Keith Harrop FRPSL, have produced the latest book published by the Royal Philatelic Society London.
We read from the RPSL website:
This book is primarily a book about philately – but including elements of social history to help set the philately in context. The book provides an overview of the philately of Rhodesia during the period from Colonial Rule to Majority Rule.
The book also offers fresh insights as well as a considerable amount of new information.
Over the years a significant number of articles and books have been published on the philately of Rhodesia, especially for the early postal history. However, if any part of Rhodesian philatelic writing has been a little less well served, it is the period after the British South Africa Company relinquished its administration.
This book traces the parallel evolution of the mails of the three territories, their coming together as the ill fated Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and the inevitable break up of the Federation after only ten years.
Nyasaland became the Republic of Malawi shortly after the break up of the Federation, with Northern Rhodesia following relatively soon afterwards as the Republic of Zambia.
However, Southern Rhodesia soon became Rhodesia, and when no agreement could be reached with the British Government on the terms of independence, Rhodesia unilaterally declared independence from Britain.
After a protracted period of sanctions and armed conflict with guerilla organisations seeking independence, this was finally achieved in 1980, some 16 years after the break up of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
The social and political aspects covered in the book include WWII and the Rhodesian Bush War. Souvenir covers record the main political events that finally led to majority rule in all three territories.
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