Blood and Referendums: Nationalist History and the Case for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence

  • David Kenrick
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


Kenrick considers the importance of historical narratives and military service to white settler identities in Rhodesia. Kenrick explores the narratives that emerged around sovereignty during a series of referendums in the 1960s, particularly ideas of governance which allowed white settlers to justify their rule during colonialism, and to compare white-minority rule to the independence granted to black majority governments during the 1960s. The chapter then moves to consider the place of military service and sacrifice during the twentieth century, and how war service—particularly in the Second World War—was turned into a ‘blood price’ that white settlers had paid for their domination and also used to inspire the settler population to acts of patriotism and self-sacrifice after the Unilateral Declaration of Independence was declared.

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  • David Kenrick
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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