Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rhodesia Economic Department: Registered Files (RE and CM Series)

FCO 35
Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rhodesia Economic Department: Registered Files (RE and CM Series)

This series contains records of the Rhodesia Economic Department dealing with the effect of economic sanctions against the illegal government in Rhodesia, and other economic questions relating to the UK and Rhodesia.


By original file reference within annual file cycles

Related Material:
For earlier Commonwealth Office Rhodesia Economic Department files see DO 207
For further files on Rhodesia see FCO 25
For Rhodesia/Rhodesia Political Dept files see FCO 36
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   CM and RM file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Commonwealth Office, Rhodesia Economic Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rhodesia Economic Department, 1968-1972
Physical description:
517 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1998
Accumulation Dates:
Series is not accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

Following the illegal Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Rhodesia in 1965, sanctions were imposed by the international community, and the Rhodesia Economic Department took a close interest in the impact of these sanctions, and the general economic condition of Rhodesia. It was also interested in monitoring the application of the sanctions. The Department had been established after UDI in the Commonwealth Office, with a sister Rhodesia Political Department, and this arrangement continued under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office until the two departments were merged as the Rhodesia Department in 1972.

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