The Making of South Africa

The Making of South Africa : Culture and Politics

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For upper-level undergraduate courses in African and South African history and political science or African sections of Global Studies courses. For graduate courses on South Africa or African history with a South African component.This new history of South Africa provides a significant and unique addition to existing texts by emphasizing the African voice as well as recent developments in the newly democratic South Africa. This text incorporates important new perspectives on South African geography and the spatial dimensions of segregation and apartheid, environmental studies, and the dynamic literature on identities and ethnicity. Drawing upon the most important developments in recent South African historiography, the text highlights how Europeans and Africans shaped the environment, politics, and the economy to develop a complex multi-racial nation. Overall, it provides students with a detailed understanding of all the forces that have shaped South Africa to date, and is more up-to-date than other more

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153.4 x 227.1 x 13.5mm | 399.17g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • photographs, maps
  • 0130406813
  • 9780130406811

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"Aran MacKinnon has achieved a major work of synthesis. The Making of South Africa succeeds in drawing upon a wide variety of sources and perspectives to provide a deeply textured narrative that nicely balances economic, cultural, and political issues. Clearly written and engaging, this text will provide students with an excellent introduction to the history and historiography of this important African state. Further, Africanists who specialize in other regions of the continent, as well as historians of other world regions, will find it a valuable resource." - Jonathan Reynolds, Northern Kentucky University"The format and organization of the book are quite good and all of the major topics are covered thoroughly. The Making of South Africa will help American students better understand this important country." - Anthony Q. Cheeseboro, Southern Illinois Universityshow more

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"The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics" synthesizes the author's insights with the latest scholarship on South African history in a highly readable and comprehensive text, ideal as the foundation for undergraduate and graduate courses on South African and African history. The book features detailed maps, photographs, and teaching supplements such as questions for students to consider, and an annotated list of recommended readings for each chapter. It also provides an up-to-date list of reviewed Internet sites that students and faculty can explore. The book covers South African history from the earliest foundations of human communities, through the era of segregation and apartheid to the most recent developments in post-apartheid politics and the HIV/AIDS more

About Aran MacKinnon

Aran S. MacKinnon is associate professor of history at the University of West Georgia. He has lived and researched in South Africa and the United Kingdom, and has been published in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Radical History Review, and The Canadian Journal of African Studies, as well as in various edited collections on South African more

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Questions to Consider and For Further Reading). Preface. List of Maps. List of Photographs and Sources. 1. The Setting: Climate, Geography and People in Sout Africa. The Environment. Human Communities: The San and Khoi. The First Farmers. Farming Society. Conclusions.2. Early Conflict and Interdependence: The Establishment and Expansion of the Cape Colony. Earliest Contact: Portugese Forays and Khoi Responses. The V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company) and Company Rule. White Settlement and Khoi Resistence. Slavery at the Cape. Relations in the Zones of Interaction. Whites and Griqua in the Interior. The Xhosa and White Settlers. Conclusion.3. The British and the Expanding Cape. The Arrival of the British. Abolition. Reform and Labor. British Settlers. The Missionary Enterprise. Xhosa Crises: Interaction with the Settlers and Civil War. Conclusion.4. The Making of New States. The Implications of the "Mecane." Nguni-speaking Chiefdoms. The Rise of the Zulu Kingdom. Developments in the Interior. Mass Movements and New States. Moshoeshoe and the Sotho. Mzilikazi and the Ndebele. Matiwane's Ngwane and the British. British Policy and the Xhosa. The Afrikaner "Great Trek." Piet Retief and the Zulu. Conclusion.5. African and Afrikaners States in Conflict. African States and the Trekker Republics. Africans and British Policy Initiatives: Segregation and Indirect Rule. African States, White Settlers, Imperial Authorities and the Xhosa Crisis. The Sotho, Afrikaners and British Intervention on the Highveld. British Policy Reversals and the Sotho-Orange Free State War. Conclusions.6. The First Phase of Industrialization. Diamond Discoveries and Rival Claims. African Men and Women and the Development of Diamond Mining. The Impact of Mining. Imperial Designs, Local Politics and Confederation Schemes. British Imperialism, Afrikaner Republican Resistance and the Pedi Kingdom. The Final Phases of Conquest. Sotho and Zulu Resistence. Conclusion.7. The Second Phase of Industrialization: Gold Mining and the Creation of a Unified White State. Gold Mining African Migrant Labor. African Society and Migrant Labor. The Politics of Mining: the Afrikaners, and British and Rhodes. The South African War. Peace, Reconstruction and the Building of a White State. African Resistance and African Labor. Conclusion.8. From Union to Apartheid: The Consolidation of a White State and the Rise of African Opposition, 1910-1948. White Politics and the State. Segregation Legislation and African Communities. Opposition Movements and the Roots of African Nationalism. Rural African Opposition. Conclusion.9. Apartheid and South African Society. The Nationalists and Apartheid. Blacks and Apartheid Policies. African Society and the Impact of Apartheid. The Homelands. Opposition Politics: Strategy and Rural Protests. Rising Tensions, State Repression and Radicalism. South Africa in Global Context. Conclusion.10. The African Transformation of South Africa. The South African Security State and Regional Politics. Resistance From Below and the Failure of "Reform." The Rejection of Reform, Uprisings and Opposition Tensions. Mounting Pressures and the Road to Negotiations. Negotiations and the Road to Democratic Elections. Conclusions.11. The New South Africa: 1994-Present. The New Government and the Ascendancy of the ANC. The Economy. Looking Back, Healing and Moving Forward: the TRC and the Land Question. Current Challenges: HIV/AIDS and Crime. Conclusion.Bibliography and Recommended On-line Resources. more

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