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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, 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 Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

By Martin Meredith

PublicAffairs
Released: 2011-09-06
Paperback (816 pages)

The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence
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The definitive story of Africa since independence

First published in 2005, The Fate of Africa was hailed by reviewers as "A masterpiece....The nonfiction book of the year" (The New York Post); "a magnificent achievement" (Weekly Standard); "a joy," (Wall Street Journal) and "one of the decade's most important works on Africa" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate recent history including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, the controversy over Western aid and exploitation of Africa's resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the Arab Spring.

Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy: A short, short history of South Africa

By Francis Wilson

Penguin Random House South Africa
Released: 2017-06-14
Paperback (144 pages)

Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy: A short, short history of South Africa
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An asteroid the size of Table Mountain crashed into what was to become South Africa over 2 billion years ago, marking the spot. The country's history since then has always been robust and full of energy. This book takes you in record time from that moment, when the earth's richest gold reefs were shaped, to the advent of democracy in 1994, another event that stunned the world. Along the way you will encounter some of the most ancient dinosaurs on record, the very first people on the planet, and the first cultures. You will see outsiders moving in to reshape history: hunters and gatherers, cultivators and herders, iron-workers from the north, and immigrants from Europe and Asia. They fought and made peace; they stumbled upon gold and diamonds; they rose to the heights of excellence and sunk to the depths of oppression, until on one day they all queued as equals to elect a government. That is the story marked by dinosaurs, diamonds and democracy.

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

By Martin Meredith

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

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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.”

A Short History of South Africa

By Gail Nattrass

Biteback Publishing
Released: 2018-07-03
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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.

South Africans versus Rommel: The Untold Story of the Desert War in World War II

By David Brock Katz

Stackpole Books
Hardcover (384 pages)

South Africans versus Rommel: The Untold Story of the Desert War in World War II
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After bitter debate, South Africa, a dominion of the British Empire at the time, declared war on Germany five days after the invasion of Poland in September 1939. Thrust by the British into the campaign against Erwin Rommel’s German Afrika Korps in North Africa, the South Africans fought a see-saw war of defeats followed by successes, culminating in the Battle of El Alamein, where South African soldiers made a significant contribution to halting the Desert Fox’s advance into Egypt. This is the story of an army committed somewhat reluctantly to a war it didn’t fully support, ill-prepared for the battles it was tasked with fighting, and sent into action on the orders of its senior alliance partner. At its heart, however, this is the story of men at war.

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

By Raymond C. Nelson

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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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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 (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 Americans Are Coming!: Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa (New African Histories)

By Robert Trent Vinson

Ohio University Press
Paperback (236 pages)

The Americans Are Coming!: Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa (New African Histories)
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For more than half a century before World War II, black South Africans and “American Negroes”—a group that included African Americans and black West Indians—established close institutional and personal relationships that laid the necessary groundwork for the successful South African and American antiapartheid movements. Though African Americans suffered under Jim Crow racial discrimination, oppressed Africans saw African Americans as free people who had risen from slavery to success and were role models and potential liberators.

Many African Americans, regarded initially by the South African government as “honorary whites” exempt from segregation, also saw their activities in South Africa as a divinely ordained mission to establish “Africa for Africans,” liberated from European empires. The Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association, the largest black-led movement with two million members and supporters in forty-three countries at its height in the early 1920s, was the most anticipated source of liberation. Though these liberation prophecies went unfulfilled, black South Africans continued to view African Americans as inspirational models and as critical partners in the global antiapartheid struggle.

The Americans Are Coming! is a rare case study that places African history and American history in a global context and centers Africa in African Diaspora studies.



 
 
 

 
 
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