In Southern Africa a clash of cultures occurred over the past century that has only recently been resolved. There, in the nations of Rhodesia and South Africa, a group of European colonizers established a toehold that grew to dominance. Then, once in power, this minority of the population established the apartheid system that relegated the ancestral residents of the land to a separate and unequal status in their own homeland. Luckily, over time, this pernicious system was removed and replaced by more reasonable approaches. This is but one element of information that readers of this volume in the six-book, illustrated "Peoples and Cultures of Africa" series will encounter. As is true of all the books in this fine series, Southern Africa is organized in a way akin to an encyclopedia. A series of essays are presented in alphabetical order that touch upon a wide range of subjects. Among the topics presented are regional religious beliefs, artistic traditions, governmental practices, leading personalities, and tribal-linguistic variances. Throughout the text the writing is clear and crisp, and topics are handled in a balanced manner. Readers studying Africa will find this book and its parent series to be a valuable reference tool and one that will help them better understand the people of Africa.