Christian Warfare in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe
The Salvation Army and African Liberation, 1891–1991
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This book deals with significant issues, offering challenge on the basis of considerable research and setting the scene for necessary discussion among those familiar with the issues and also the periods covered. A recommended read."
--Commissioner John Swinfen, retired International Secretary for Africa, Salvation Army's International Headquarters, London, UK
"In this carefully researched history, Norman Murdoch focuses on the Salvation Army's involvement in Zimbabwe's history, charting its erratic missionizing career there and revealing hitherto undisclosed attitudes and influences regarding its partisan support of British colonialism. This book deserves to be read not only by Salvationists but by all who are interested in the missionary impulse or the history of British colonization in Africa."
--R.G. Moyles, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
"This is a fascinating, well-researched history. Telling the truth about the past can still be a hard thing to do, but Norman Murdoch has made an excellent attempt to lay out the truth about the relationships between missionaries, the settler regime, and the Shona and Ndebele peoples. I recommend this candid and helpful book."
--Commissioner Stuart Mungate, retired Salvation Army leader, Zimbabwe, Africa
"Christian Warfare in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe tells a riveting and little-known story of Salvation Army operations in Africa. This is a no-holds-barred account of how William Booth's devotion to his London East End evangelical enterprise led him to be entangled in Cecil Rhodes's dubious scheme of colonization. . . . The book deserves a wide readership not just in Africa but in every country touched by Salvation Army operations."
--Norman Etherington, Professor of History emeritus, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
"It is high time someone produced a book that explains the Salvation Army in contemporary Africa. This case study on their history in Zimbabwe is a most refreshing piece of writing on a country where armies usually bring to mind questions of politics and social justice. This book fills a gap in knowledge about religion in modern Zimbabwe."
--Isabel Mukonyora, associate professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY