South Africa in World History

South Africa in World History

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South Africa in World History is the first survey of South African history to range from prehistory to the present, the first to fully integrate social history and women's history, and the first to emphasize connections between the United States and South Africa. Written by Iris Berger, a recognized authority on South Africa and a past president of the African Studies Association, this marvelous history ranges from the first Stone Age foragers and Iron Age farmers to the coming of the Dutch settlers and the introduction of slavery, the British conquest in the early nineteenth century, the discovery of gold and diamonds, the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the coming of apartheid, the Soweto Uprising, and the creation of a new society headed by Nelson Mandela. Drawing on colorful biographical and autobiographical literature to provide a personal focus, Berger also explores social and cultural history, examining issues of race, class, gender, religion, and ethnicity, and drawing on a rich tradition of literature (both oral and written), music, and the arts. The book also discusses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the devastating HIV/Aids epidemic in the country, and continuing struggles against racism and sexism, thus connecting the South African past with urgent contemporary more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 26 halftone illustrations, 6 maps
  • 019533793X
  • 9780195337938
  • 94,863

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"Berger's book . . . is fully cognisant of the latest research and written with verve and clarity. More than any of its competitors, it skilfully uses individual stories and episodes to convey the complexity of life in South Africa... This history is lively and poignant." -- Kronosshow more

About Iris Berger

Iris Berger is Professor of History, Africana Studies, and Women's Studies at the University at Albany. A noted authority, she has published widely on African history and is past president of the African Studies more

Table of contents

Editors' Preface ; Preface ; 1. Ancestors ; 2. Bitter Almond Hedges: Colonization, Servitude, and Slavery ; 3. New Frontiers ; 4. Minerals, War, and Unification ; 5. Worlds Apart: A New Racial Divide ; 6. Nationalisms in Conflict: The Rise of Apartheid ; 7. "No Easy Walk to Freedom ; 8. Democracy and Its Discontents ; Chronology ; Notes ; Further Reading ; Websites ; Indexshow more

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