Twentieth-Century South Africa
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Twentieth-Century South Africa

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An innovative examination of the forces - both destructive and dynamic - which have shaped twentieth-century South Africa. This book provides a stimulating introduction to the history of South Africa in the twentieth century. It draws on the rich and lively tradition of radical history writing on that country and, to a greater extent than previous accounts, weaves economic and cultural history into the political narrative. Apartheid and industrialization, especially mining, are central theme, as is the rise of nationalism in the Afrikaner and African communities. But the author also emphasizes the neglected significance of rural experiences and local identities in shaping political consciousness. The roles played by such key figure as Smuts, Verwoerd, de Klerk, Plaatje, and Mandela are explored, while recent historiographical trends are reflected in analyses of rural protest, white cultural politics, the vitality of black urban life, and environmental decay. The book assesses the analysis of black reactions to apartheid, the rise of the ANC. The concluding chapter brings this seminal history up-to-date, tackling the issues and events from 1994-1999 - in particular the success of Mandela and the ANC in seeing through the end of apartheid rule. It also looks at the chances of a stable future for the new-found democracy in South Africa.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 188 x 30mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 3 maps, 4 tables and 5 figures
  • 0192893181
  • 9780192893185
  • 473,651

About William Beinart

William Beinart is Professor of Race Relations, and and Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He has taught at Bristol, and studied at the University of Cape Town and the School of Oriental and African Studies, Londond. and Has held reseach fellowships at Rhodes and Yale Universities. He was joint editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies from 1982 to 1987, and has been chair of its editorial board since 1992.show more

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William Beinart's meticulous, lively introduction to the story of the South African people through the twentieth century is an excellent place to start. The book is at once immensely readable, informative and timely, coinciding in South Africa with one of those rare, fleeting moments when there is a shared feeling of human liberation. * New Internationalist *show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: CONQUEST, THE STATE AND SOCIETY; PART I: A STATE WITHOUT A NATION; PART II: AFRIKANER POWER AND THE RISE OF MASS; PART III: THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA, 1994-2000show more

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