South Africa in World History

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Overview

This volume offers the first general survey of South African history to fully integrate social history and women's history and the first to emphasize connections between the United States and South Africa. Written by Iris Berger, a recognized authority on South Africa and a past president of the African Studies Association, this engaging history ranges from the first Stone Age foragers and Iron Age farmers to the coming of the Dutch settlers and the introduction of slavery, the British conquest in the early nineteenth century, the discovery of gold and diamonds, the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the imposition of apartheid, the Soweto Uprising, and the creation of a new government headed by Nelson Mandela. Throughout the narrative, Berger uses individual biographies to illuminate issues of race, gender, class, religion, ethnicity, and culture. Connecting the South African past with urgent contemporary problems, the book also discusses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the devastating HIV/Aids epidemic in the country, and continuing struggles against poverty, racism, and sexism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157543
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/27/2009
  • Series: New Oxford World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Berger isProfessor of History, Africana Studies, and Women's Studies at the University at Albany

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Ecology, Culture, and Society

2 Bitter Almond Hedges: Colonization, Servitude, and Slavery

3 New Frontiers: Conquest, Resistance, and Cultural Transformation

4 A Century in Transition: Minerals, War, and Unification

5 Worlds Apart: A New Racial Divide

6 Nationalisms in Conflict: The Rise of Apartheid

7 "No Easy Walk to Freedom"

8 Democracy and Its Discontents

Chronology

Notes

Further Reading

Web Sites

Acknowledgments

Index

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