A History of South Africa

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In the revised version of this acclaimed work, Leonard Thompson has added a new chapter, outlining the country's remarkable transition from a racist political order to a democratic one. A substantial new preface has also been added, and footnotes have been expanded. Above all, this penetrating exploration of South Africa's eventful history - from the earliest known human settlement of the region to the present day - focuses primarily on the experiences of the black inhabitants ...
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Overview

In the revised version of this acclaimed work, Leonard Thompson has added a new chapter, outlining the country's remarkable transition from a racist political order to a democratic one. A substantial new preface has also been added, and footnotes have been expanded. Above all, this penetrating exploration of South Africa's eventful history - from the earliest known human settlement of the region to the present day - focuses primarily on the experiences of the black inhabitants rather than on those of the white minority.

A fresh and penetrating exploration of South Africa's eventful history that focuses primarily on the experiences of the black inhabitants rather than those of the white minority. Written by one of the premier scholars of South Africa, it is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the historical patterns behind the conflicts in South Africa.

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Desmond Tutu
A history that is both accurate and authentic, written in a delightful literary style.
Lorna Hahn
An admirably objective history of South Africa . . . [that] will be most useful in contemplating the country’s future.
School Library Journal
YA-- A penetrative probe into South Africa's memorable history. Beginning with the earliest aborigines of the area and concluding with the up-to-date happenings, Thompson examines primarily the encounters of blacks. The text is basic for any reader who wishes to comprehend the historical patterns that preface the struggles that seethe and boil in this country. A careful, reliable book for student research. --Mike Printz, Topeka West High School, KS
Foreign Affairs
This is a work of insight and durability that is certain to assist South Africa's coming generation of nation-builders to reach a more objective understanding of their past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300087765
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Yale Nota Bene Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Chronology
1 The Africans 1
2 The White Invaders: The Cape Colony, 1652-1870 31
3 African Wars and White Invaders: Southeast Africa, 1770-1870 70
4 Diamonds, Gold, and British Imperialism, 1870-1910 110
5 The Segregation Era, 1910-1948 154
6 The Apartheid Era, 1948- 1978 187
7 Apartheid in Crisis, 1978-1989 221
8 The Transition, 1989-1995 241
Appendix: Statistics 278
Notes 283
Index 320
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