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South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid (Seminar Studies)

By Nancy L. Clark

Routledge
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South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid examines the history of South Africa from 1948 to the present day, covering the introduction of the oppressive policy of apartheid when the Nationalists came to power, its mounting opposition in the 1970s and 1980s, its eventual collapse in the 1990s, and its legacy up to the present day.

Fully revised, the third edition includes:

  • new material on the impact of apartheid, including the social and cultural effects of the urbanization that occurred when Africans were forced out of rural areas
  • analysis of recent political and economic issues that are rooted in the apartheid regime, particularly continuing unemployment and the emergence of opposition political parties such as the Economic Freedom Fighters
  • an updated Further Reading section, reflecting the greatly increased availability of online materials
  • an expanded set of primary source documents, providing insight into the minds of those who enforced apartheid and those who fought it.

Illustrated with photographs, maps and figures and including a chronology of events, glossary and Who’s Who of key figures, this essential text provides students with a current, clear, and succinct introduction to the ideology and practice of apartheid in South Africa.

South Africa: History in an Hour

By Anthony Holmes

HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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With the passing of Nelson Mandela, 'the father of the nation', comes the end of an era, and the moment to look back on his remarkable saving, and remaking, of South Africa.

After years of oppression and racial inequality, concentrated violence and apartheid, Mandela led the country to unite 'for the freedom of us all' as the country's first black President.

South Africa: History in an Hour gives a lively account of the formation of modern South Africa, from the first contact with seventeenth-century European sailors, through the colonial era, the Boer Wars, apartheid and the establishment of a tolerant democracy in the late twentieth century. Here is a clear and fascinating overview of the emergence of the 'Rainbow Nation'.

Know your stuff: read about South African history in just one hour.

A History of South Africa, Fourth Edition

By Leonard Thompson

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  • Yale University Press
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A magisterial history of South Africa, from the earliest known human inhabitation of the region to the present. Lynn Berat updates this classic text with a new chapter chronicling the first presidential term of Mbeki and ending with the celebrations of the centenary of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress in January 2012.
 
“A history that is both accurate and authentic, written in a delightful literary style.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
 
 

The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The World Readers)

Duke University Press Books
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The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (The World Readers)
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The South Africa Reader is an extraordinarily rich guide to the history, culture, and politics of South Africa. With more than eighty absorbing selections, the Reader provides many perspectives on the country's diverse peoples, its first two decades as a democracy, and the forces that have shaped its history and continue to pose challenges to its future, particularly violence, inequality, and racial discrimination. Among the selections are folktales passed down through the centuries, statements by seventeenth-century Dutch colonists, the songs of mine workers, a widow's testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a photo essay featuring the acclaimed work of Santu Mofokeng. Cartoons, songs, and fiction are juxtaposed with iconic documents, such as "The Freedom Charter" adopted in 1955 by the African National Congress and its allies and Nelson Mandela's "Statement from the Dock" in 1964. Cacophonous voices—those of slaves and indentured workers, African chiefs and kings, presidents and revolutionaries—invite readers into ongoing debates about South Africa's past and present and what exactly it means to be South African.
 

A History of South Africa

By Frank Welsh

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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A History of South Africa
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`A remarkable feat of scholarship, fairness and readability, full of lively detail with a freshness of style which brings new life to the narrative' Anthony Sampson Throughout its turbulent history, South Africa has frequently been the focus of worldwide attention - usually hostile. Yet prejudice and ignorance about the country are widespread. The evolution of the present-day `Rainbow Nation' has taken place under conditions of sometimes extreme pressure. Since long before the arrival of the first European settlers in the seventeenth century, the country has been home to a complex and uneasily co-existing blend of races and cultures, and successive waves of immigrants have added to the already volatile mixture. Despite the euphoria which greeted the dismantling of the apartheid system and the election as President of Nelson Mandela in April 1994, South Africa's history, racial mix and recent political upheavals suggest it will not easily free itself from the legacy of its tumultuous past. Newly revised and updated, Frank Welsh's vividly written, even-handed and authoritative history casts new light on many of South Africa's most cherished myths. Like his A History of Hong Kong, it will surely come to be regarded as definitive.

A History of South Africa: From the Distant Past to the Present Day

By Fransjohan Pretorius

Protea Boekhuis
Released: 2014-06-15
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This extensive history of South Africa was written by some of the country’s most prominent historians. Its broad scope includes South Africa's pre-colonial history, slavery, Afrikaner nationalism, an environmental history and an analysis of a post-apartheid South Africa. Some relevant questions are asked in this book. For example, Who were the first people in South Africa? And who came after them? How did their interaction help to form this country? Where do we stand as a nation today? Chapters include the Anglo-Boer War, the establishment of apartheid, a different view on apartheid and the democratic puberty. Two chapters are about the struggle against the Afrikaner and focus on the black resistance movement. The author said in a recent interview: "We did not try and justify apartheid, but one has to know what it was all about". Prof Hermann Giliomee also poses the question in his chapter: "Was apartheid all bad?" This extensive history of South Africa was written by some of the country’s most prominent historians and is meant to put the complex history of South Africa into perspective. The author emphasizes that the book is an effort to understand people's behavior in the history of South Africa.
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Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

By Martin Meredith

Brand: PublicAffairs
Released: 2008-09-23
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Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa
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Southern Africa was once regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. But then prospectors chanced upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds and gold, setting off a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the land. The result was the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and the devastation of the Boer republics. The New Yorker calls this magisterial account of those years “[an] astute history.… Meredith expertly shows how the exigencies of the diamond (and then gold) rush laid the foundation for apartheid.”

Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

By Chris Stuart

Random House Struik
Released: 2014-12-15
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This is a fully revised edition of the Stuart's best-selling field guide to southern Africa's extraordinary wealth of mammal species – from tiny shrews to the iconic Big Five, and including those that live in the sea. Clear, detailed text, distribution maps and color photographs enable quick identification, and there's information on diet, habitat, habits, and silhouettes of tracks and skulls. This new edition brings all information up to date, along with revised distribution data and many new photographs. Its coverage is expanded to include Angola, Zambia, Malawi and northern Mozambique.

A Short History of South Africa

By Gail Nattrass

Biteback Publishing
Released: 2018-07-03
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A Short History of South Africa
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A brief, general account of the history of South Africa that uncovers the first evidence
of hominid existence to the wars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
that led to the establishment of modern South Africa, the horrors of
Apartheid, and the optimism following its collapse, as well as the prospects and
challenges for the future.
This readable and thorough account, illustrated with maps and photographs,
is the culmination of a lifetime of researching and teaching the broad spectrum
of South African history.

Epidemics: The Story of South Africa's Five Most Lethal Human Diseases (Ohio Short Histories of Africa)

By Howard Phillips

Ohio University Press
Paperback (156 pages)

Epidemics: The Story of South Africa s Five Most Lethal Human Diseases (Ohio Short Histories of Africa)
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This is the first history of epidemics in South Africa, lethal episodes that significantly shaped this society over three centuries. Focusing on five devastating diseases between 1713 and today—smallpox, bubonic plague, “Spanish influenza,” polio, and HIV/AIDS—the book probes their origins, their catastrophic courses, and their consequences in both the short and long terms. The impacts of these epidemics ranged from the demographic—the “Spanish flu,” for instance, claimed the lives of 6 percent of the country’s population in six weeks—to the political, the social, the economic, the spiritual, the psychological, and the cultural. Moreover, as each of these epidemics occurred at crucial moments in the country’s history—such as during the South African War and World War I—the book also examines how these processes affected and were affected by the five epidemics. To those who read this book, history will not look the same again.


 
 
 

 
 
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