In central Africa, squeezed between the Belgian Congo and Portuguese Mozambique, is a lung-shaped piece of land which last week was shouting lustily for air. The land has no composite name, but, come January 1954, it may well be Rhodesia, the eighth self-governing dominion of the British Commonwealth.

It is an area nearly twice the size of Texas, now divided into one crown colony (Southern Rhodesia) and two protectorates (Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland). The vast majority of its 6,000,000 inhabitants (so far as their wishes are known) do not want to sever their relationship with the British Colonial Office in...

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