Ian Smith at Victoria Falls

Welcome back to 5 Minute History, where you can read about our past in just a few minutes.

This next installment is about Rhodesia, an unrecognized state that existed in southern Africa from 1965 to 1979, preceding modern Zimbabwe.

Colonial Occupation

In 1889, British mining magnate Cecil Rhodes helped charter the British South Africa Company, which sought to colonize the fertile and mineral-rich Zambezi River basin for the empire.

The next year, the first whites settled what is now Harare, which they called Salisbury. …


Welcome to 5 Minute History, where you can read about our past in just a few minutes.

This first installment is about Iraq under Saddam Hussein, who ruled the country from 1979 to 2003.

Origins

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was born on 28 April 1937 in a poor village near Tikrit, in northern Iraq. He was abandoned by his family and raised by an uncle, Khairallah Talfah, who taught young Saddam to be a nationalist like himself.

Therefore, it wasn’t surprising when at 20, Saddam joined the Ba’ath Party, and made a name for himself as a ruthless thug and…

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