South Africa

South Africa

3.57 (7 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$15.94

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

Africa is the cradle of mankind and the first traces of modern man come from South Africa. But the country has also experienced waves of inward migration from the earliest times, and the turmoil and wars that accompany them. Dutch settlers landed at Table Bay in 1652. In the young colony inter-racial marriages were common but the segregationist trend was soon clear. The 19th century saw the rise of several African states, notably the Zulus under their leader Shaka; the Zulu wars; the discovery of diamonds and then gold. And then in 1899 the Boer War, with its bitter aftermath. After 1918 Afrikaner nationalism began to gather momentum and in 1948 apartheid became official policy. But soon the ANC had its own momentum. After Sharpeville came the Rivonia trial, the Soweto uprising, the death of Steve Biko and the United Democratic Front. But it was economic problems and the end of the Cold War which finally finished apartheid and released Nelson Mandela in 1990. Since 1994 crime, unemployment and inequality have flourished alongside the callousness of Thabo Mbeki's regime. The author delivers frank and devastating judgements both on the apartheid years and government by the new ANC elite. For this is a country that still awaits a government who will govern for the whole nation.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 4 maps
  • 0753821001
  • 9780753821008
  • 1,499,958

Review quote

"Highly recommended." "Choice""show more

About R. W. Johnson

R.W. Johnson is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and since 1997 has been the Southern Africa correspondent of the SUNDAY TIMES. Born in 1943 and educated at Natal University and Oxford, he was Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford 1969-95 and Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation in Johannesburg 1995-2001. He has written for newspapers all over the world.show more

Rating details

7 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 71% (5)
3 14% (1)
2 14% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X