Obituary: Ian Smith, architect of white-minority rule in Rhodesia (143 comments)

20 November 2007

By Michael Holman

 

Ian Smith, the former prime minister of Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - has died at the age of 88, convinced that history had vindicated his decision to break with Britain to preserve white-minority rule. He made an unilateral declaration of Rhodesia's indepence from Britain, UDI, on 11 November 1965.