I have heard a lot about Robert Mugabe in my time, and he mostly seemed like a good example of how not to run a country. Now that he's died, I'm seeing a lot of articles talking about his supposed "heroic" side. He fought for the country's independence, and I understand how that must have been seen as a heroic and noble achievement, but I have a hard time believing that the country and it's people were in a worse place before his rise to power.
From what I can tell he ran the country into the ground, even if his initial goal may have been a good one.
So I've been wondering, what was Rhodesia like before independence? And what kind of oppression was the country suffering from before independence? How bad was colonial rule in 1980 before independence?