South Africa in the Twentieth Century: A Political History - In Search of a Nation State / Edition 1by James Barber, James Barber
Pub. Date: 10/26/1999
This book gives an account of the turbulent and remarkable political history of South Africa in the twentieth century, starting with the South African (Boer) War and finishing as Nelson Mandela comes to power. A great drama unfolds - of struggle, triumph and disaster; of hopes fulfilled and dashed - as the advocates of competing forms of nationalism seek to gain… See more details below
This book gives an account of the turbulent and remarkable political history of South Africa in the twentieth century, starting with the South African (Boer) War and finishing as Nelson Mandela comes to power. A great drama unfolds - of struggle, triumph and disaster; of hopes fulfilled and dashed - as the advocates of competing forms of nationalism seek to gain control of the state. The drama is shaped by political, economic and social beliefs and interests, by powerful individuals, and by outside forces which intruded into South Africa. For most of the century whites dominated the scene, creating a society in which they enjoyed economic privilege and exclusive control of the state. Yet they disputed among themselves who were the "true" South Africans, and therefore who should form the government. As the century advanced, and particularly after the Second World War, the assumption of white dominance was challenged, by advocates both of a non-racial nationalism and of African nationalism, until a "new" South Africa was born in 1994. This is a story therefore of struggle to realize a dominant nationalism through control of the state, the ways in which political leaders promoted their beliefs and interests; and their responses to the constraints and circumstances they encountered.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Clash of British Imperialism and Afrikaner Nationalism:.
1. Prelude to War: Afrikaner and British Imperial Nationalism.
2. War, Peace and Reconstruction.
3. Afrikaners, Blacks and Reconstruction.
Part II: The White Union and Black Reaction:.
4. Responsible Government and the Union.
5. The New Union: White and Black Political Activity.
6. The Great War and its Aftermath.
7. The Pact Government and Segregation 1924-9.
8. From Pact to Fusion: Economic Depression and Black Opposition: 1929-39.
Part III: World War II and Apartheid:.
9. World War II and its Aftermath 1939-48.
10. African Nationalism Transformed: 1939-48.
11. The National Party Government 1948-61.
12.African Opposition: Communists, Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress.
Part IV: The Wind of Change:.
13. The New Republic, Sharpeville and the Granite Response.
14. Vorster and the Development of the Bantustans.
15. Black Resistance Inside and Outside the Republic.
Part V: Renewed Black Challenge: .
16. Soweto and its Aftermath.
17. Reform, Security and White Divisions Under P. W. Botha.
18. The Black Rising: and Answering Fire with Fire.
19. Retreat from the Rubicon: The Failure of Reform.
Part VI: Forging the New South Africa:.
20. In Search of a New South Africa.
21. Reaching Agreement: Negotiation, Tension and Violence.
22. Towards the Promised Land.
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