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

Duke University Press Books
Paperback (624 pages)

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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, 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
 
 

Wildlife of Southern Africa: A field guide to the animals and plants of the region

Penguin Random House South Africa
Released: 2017-03-14
Paperback (336 pages)

Wildlife of Southern Africa: A field guide to the animals and plants of the region
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  • Penguin Random House South Africa
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A field guide to the wildlife of southern Africa, describing over 2,000 plants and animals, with clear illustrations in full colour. This book has been a trusted field companion for many years. Comprehensively updated, it now features range maps for most groups. The chapters are colour-coded for easy reference, and diagnostic features appear in bold type within the descriptions. Each chapter is written by a leading expert in the field:
• Lower invertebrates Mike Musgrave
• Spiders and other arachnids Astri Leroy
• Insects Mike Musgrave
• Freshwater fishes Paul Skelton
• Frogs Vincent Carruthers
• Reptiles Bill Branch
• Birds Ken Newman and Christine Read
• Mammals Peter Apps
• Grasses, sedges, ferns and fungi Elsa Pooley
• Wild flowers Elsa Pooley
• Trees Elsa Pooley

Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa

By Martin Meredith

Brand: PublicAffairs
Released: 2008-09-23
Paperback (592 pages)

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.”

South Africa - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

By Isabella Morris

Kuperard
Released: 2018-02-01
Paperback (168 pages)

South Africa - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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South Africa has been described as “A World in One Country” and a “Rainbow Nation.” Its landscape ranges from miles of glorious beaches to the inland desert of the Karoo, the sweeping grasslands of the Highveld plateau, and the subtropical bush of the Lowveld. Its ethnic makeup is equally varied. There are eleven official languages, nine major black African tribes, two major white tribes, as well as a representation of all the world’s major religions. It has a free market economy while communists share in government; one of the world’s most liberal constitutions and a deeply patriarchal society; and very rich and very poor people coexisting. South Africa has come through fire, and although there is still considerable heat, it is doing pretty well. This insiders’ guide will introduce you to the universal warmth and cultural diversity of its people, explain the backdrop of their troubled past, and familiarize you with their everyday life so that you’ll feel comfortable whether you’re invited to a shack in the townships, a mansion in the suburbs, or a braai on the beach. You’ll learn how to stay safe in potentially dangerous areas, and you’ll know where to go if you want to feel like the only person on the planet.

Apartheid in South Africa: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture)

By David M. Gordon

Bedford/St. Martin's
Paperback (208 pages)

Apartheid in South Africa: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture)
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Explore apartheid through a well-rounded variety of primary documents as Apartheid in South Africa breaks down the rise and fall of one of the best-known systems of institutionalized and legalized racial and ethnic segregation.

South Africa: History in an Hour

By Anthony Holmes

HarperPress
Released: 2012-04-05
Kindle Edition (804 pages)

South Africa: History in an Hour
 
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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

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.

Africa and Globalization: Challenges of Governance and Creativity (African Histories and Modernities)

Palgrave Macmillan
Released: 2018-06-23
Hardcover (258 pages)

Africa and Globalization: Challenges of Governance and Creativity (African Histories and Modernities)
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This book considers the promises and challenges of globalization for Africa. Why have African states been perennially unable to diversify their economies and move beyond export of primary produce, even as Southeast Asia has made a tremendous leap into manufacturing? What institutional impediments are in play in African states? What reforms would mitigate the negative effects of globalization and distribute its benefits more equitably? Covering critical themes such as political leadership, security challenges, the creative sector, and community life, essays in this volume argue that the starting point for Africa’s meaningful engagement with the rest of the world must be to look inward, examine Africa’s institutions, and work towards reforms that promote inclusiveness and stability.

Slavery and Slaving in African History (New Approaches to African History)

By Sean Stilwell

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2014-06-02
Paperback (240 pages)

Slavery and Slaving in African History (New Approaches to African History)
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This book is a comprehensive history of slavery in Africa from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century, when slavery in most parts of the continent ceased to exist. It connects the emergence and consolidation of slavery to specific historical forces both internal and external to the African continent. Sean Stilwell pays special attention to the development of settled agriculture, the invention of kinship, "big men" and centralized states, the role of African economic production and exchange, the interaction of local structures of dependence with the external slave trades (transatlantic, trans-Saharan, Indian Ocean), and the impact of colonialism on slavery in the twentieth century. He also provides an introduction to the central debates that have shaped current understanding of slavery in Africa. The book examines different forms of slavery that developed over time in Africa and introduces readers to the lives, work, and struggles of slaves themselves.

A History of South Africa

By Frank Welsh

Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Paperback (656 pages)

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.


 
 
 

 
 
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