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

By Nancy L. Clark

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

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

Clifton Crais
Paperback (624 pages)

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

Leonard Thompson
Paperback (512 pages)

A History of South Africa, Fourth Edition
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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
 
 

Africa: African History: From Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa - Stories, People and Events That Shaped The History of Africa

By Raymond C. Nelson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (90 pages)

Africa: African History: From Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa - Stories, People and Events That Shaped The History of Africa
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What wove the African continent into the rich fabric of cultures and peoples that it is today?

Where did ancient culture, trade, and civilization begin?

How did the African people survive and thrive despite European colonization and apartheid?

These are just some of the questions you’ll find answers to in African History: From Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa-Stories, People, and Events that Shaped the History of Africa.

Africa is a vast continent whose waters, fertile lands, minerals, and diverse wildlife nurtured humankind since ancient times until European colonization and exploitation caused immeasurable suffering and loss. To understand how Africa developed, thrived, suffered, and emerged into the rich tapestry of peoples that it is today, take a trip back to the ancient River Nile and the East African coast.

Witness:

  • The development of small settlements into three distinct cultures
  • The Carthaginian Empire grow and flourish as an economic and commercial power
  • The settlement of the Zimbabwe plateau and the construction of enormous stone cities
  • The emergence of the Kingdom of Kongo, and its expansion through peaceful trade and alliances
  • The upheaval, atrocities, wars and eventual stability created by European Colonization
  • The founding of the Congo Free State and the growth of forced labor to extract valuable resources from the land
  • The decolonization of Africa and the return of territorial sovereignty and independence
  • The forced racial segregation under apartheid and the birth of a new constitution that ended it
  • The founding of the African Union to establish norms across the continent

Start your study of the struggles and triumphs of the African people today with African History: From Ancient Egypt to Modern South Africa-Stories, People, and Events that Shaped the History of Africa.

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A History of South Africa

By Leonard Thompson

Yale Univ Press
Paperback (352 pages)

A History of South Africa
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This exploration of South Africa's eventful history, from the earliest known human settlement of the region to the present day, focuses primarily on the experiences of the black inhabitants rather than on those of the white minority. It is aimed at anyone wishing to understand the historical patterns that set in motion the conflicts that rage in this troubled land. Thompson draws on the findings of both radical and liberal scholarship of the 1970s and 1980s and strikes a balance in his interpretation of the strengths, vulnerabilities, intentions, and perspectives of contending interests - race, class, culture, and gender - that have vied over the years for a place in South Africa.

South Africa

By Sean Fraser

Fraser Sean
Released: 2016-12-30
Paperback (176 pages)

South Africa
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South Africa is a vast country, extending from pristine coastal plains through rugged mountain passes and across wide stretches of semidesert and forest, hills and valleys. Even travelling South Africans are unprepared for the sheer scale and enormous diversity of this grand landscape. Every day, everywhere, there are new sights to behold and new experiences to share – a graceful old Cape Dutch homestead set against lush vineyards; blue-purple mountain ranges in the distance, the demure smile of a Zulu bride, an arid landscape filled with flowers. It is the sun, the sand, the textures, the colours and the sounds that conjure up the spirit of South Africa. This volume is a fine tribute to the country, showing its people and its land- and city-scapes in all their glorious colours and moods.

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 SampsonThroughout 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.

Internal Frontiers: African Nationalism and the Indian Diaspora in Twentieth-Century South Africa (New African Histories)

By Jon Soske

Ohio University Press
Paperback (360 pages)

Internal Frontiers: African Nationalism and the Indian Diaspora in Twentieth-Century South Africa (New African Histories)
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In this ambitious new history of the antiapartheid struggle, Jon Soske places India and the Indian diaspora at the center of the African National Congress’s development of an inclusive philosophy of nationalism. In so doing, Soske combines intellectual, political, religious, urban, and gender history to tell a story that is global in reach while remaining grounded in the everyday materiality of life under apartheid.

Even as Indian independence provided black South African intellectuals with new models of conceptualizing sovereignty, debates over the place of the Indian diaspora in Africa (the “also-colonized other”) forced a reconsideration of the nation’s internal and external boundaries. In response to the traumas of Partition and the 1949 Durban Riots, a group of thinkers in the ANC, centered in the Indian Ocean city of Durban and led by ANC president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli, developed a new philosophy of nationhood that affirmed South Africa’s simultaneously heterogeneous and fundamentally African character.

Internal Frontiers is a major contribution to postcolonial and Indian Ocean studies and charts new ways of writing about African nationalism.

Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Southern Mozambique (Traveller's Wildlife Guides)

By Bill Branch & Tilde Stuart

Brand: Interlink Books
Paperback (488 pages)

Southern Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Southern Mozambique (Traveller s Wildlife Guides)
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In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about southern Africa's animal life. The authors selected for color illustrations more than 500 of southern Africa's most common amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals - the species you are most likely to see.
In one easy-to-carry book, you will have as constant companion on your journey: identification and location information on the most frequently seen animals; up-to-date information on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of the animals; and information about and photos of southern Africa's major habitat types and most frequently visited parks and reserves.

South Africa: History in an Hour

By Anthony Holmes

HarperPress
Released: 2012-04-05
Kindle Edition (81 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.



 
 
 

 
 
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