Zimbabwe, the former Rhodesia, was colonized by the British in 1880, with the arrival of Cecil Rhodes's British South African Company. Since then, the colonial British empire exercised its influence on the country and its population in a number of ways.
British colonialism made a significant impact on the number of social, economic, and cultural elements of Zimbabwe, until its independence from Colonial power in 1980, one hundred years after the first British colonization of the country
This report will discuss a number of ways or tools that the British used to exercise its authority and influence on this African nation. In this respect, this paper will look at how a number of social institutions like the education system, the Christian churches and the police authority were used by the British to exercise power over the colony and its native population.
Europe's colonial rule over various colonial countries was maintained and secured through a number of social institutions like the education system and the church.The army and the police force did also play a significant role in this respect, participating directly in the defense and protection of the values and interests of the colonial power over the area. Zimbabweans were encouraged by their British rulers to become volunteers working for the police force.
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[...] The church played a very significant role in perpetuating British values in Zimbabwe. Even today, over 85% of Zimbabweans are Christian and 62% of the population takes part in religious ceremonies regularly (http://web.archive.org/web). The traditional beliefs of the Zimbabwean people are, however, mixed with Christianity by most of the country's population. The British brought Christianity to the area, and therefore the church played a very significant role in the spread of the religion in this region of Southern Africa. This has affected and still influences the Zimbabwean population to this day. [...]
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