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Northern Rhodesia: The Post-War Background, 1945–1953

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During the last two years of World War II the mines were badly run down: existing workings were yielding diminishing grades of ore, and large-scale development was needed to gain access to ores of a quality which would - as in the later 1930s - compensate for the high costs of transport. The price paid for Northern Rhodesian copper by the British government had been based on the dollar price, and the sterling price rose accordingly. After nearly thirty years, large-scale, deep-level mining in Northern Rhodesia was beginning to pay off. By 1951 all four copper mines were paying dividends. The main political issue in Northern Rhodesia after the war was of course the territory's relationship with Southern Rhodesia, where a white minority had enjoyed self-government since 1923. The post-war prosperity of Northern Rhodesia attracted white immigrants.

Keywords: British government; Northern Rhodesia; Post-War; white immigrants

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