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Gary brings historian Peter Baxter onto the podcast to chat about the history of Africa of which he’s written about in 11 books on the military history. Peter tells us a story about in and outs of war in Africa, which isn’t one cohesive conflict, but a series of conflicts that have brought violence to different sections of the country. British decolonization is discussed and compared to other decolonization events in Africa and comparing various leaders in African history.

Living through conflict in Zimbabwe, Peter has a unique recollection of Robert Mugabe’s early leadership as a revolutionary vs. his current leadership as a violent oppressor. How elections in some African nation-states only happened once and then didn’t happen again, leaving leaders in place who desired power and thus violently defended their place in power vs. conceding via elections. Peter also touches on Zimbabwe’s history and its future as a colony for the next decade after its liberation.

Briefly, the duo chat about Nelson Mandala’s path and how it was similar to Mugabe, but had quite the different result in the end. Stepping down from power allowed for the transfer of power in a peaceful way, establishing him as an extraordinary leader in African history.

Join Gary and Peter as they explore parts of Africa’s vast history, to be continued at a later date.

You can find Peter on the web at peterbaxterhistory.com. Enjoy his books on African history as well.

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