MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of People
Rhodes i Cecil John (1853-1902)
Owner of South African diamond mines; in 1884 led British imperialist expansion into Bechuanaland, and in 1889 into Matabeleland and Mashonaland (which the imperialists named Rhodesia). In 1890 became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony but resigned in 1896. Planned and carried out the bloody seizure of large tracts of Central Africa and the suppression of its peoples. Aspired towards British rule of the whole African continent.