Twentieth-century South Africa

Twentieth-century South Africa

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South Africa is consistently headline news, for positive as well as negative reasons. Its unique history this century has brought the names of its most famous political activists not only to our television sets but more permanently to names of streets and buildings throughout the West. This study closely examines the social and economic history underlying the political upheavals, and the establishment and fitful but dramatic dismantling of apartheid. It begins with the final colonial conquests at the end of the 19th century and ends with a prognosis for democracy and the redistribution of resources in the 1990s.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192892398
  • 9780192892393

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"William Beinart's meticulous, lively introduction to the story of 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"[This book] admirably combine[s] impressive summaries of the leading research with historiographical debate and an emphasis on history as an interpretive discipline."--Southern African Review of Books"One of the revelations of this very readable book is how Beinart skillfully weaves the black experience into the picture."--Good Book Guide"This book effectively connects the political narrative to broad social changes and movements. It also points to scholarly interpretations and debates. A very effective text and introduction to South African politics."--Gregory S. Crider, Wingate Universityshow more

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