South Africa since 1948

South Africa since 1948

by Jean Hayward

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-- With South Africa much in the news and in our popular music, students may be looking for materials either to explain the phenomena of apartheid or to help them understand the roots of South African unrest. This book provides a fine starting place. In five major sections, divided into between three and six two-page subdivisions, the history, both social and political, of South Africa from the time of the first European contacts to the present is covered. The issues involved are delineated, with special emphasis on black resistance in the last 41 years. Copious illustrations and photos in both black-and-white and color enhance the text, as do occasional maps. If depth of understanding is the goal, either Jonathan Paton's The Land and People of South Africa (Lippincott) or K. C. Tessendorf's Along the Road to Soweto (Atheneum, both 1989) would be preferable, as they are detailed, careful studies of the historical and economic beginnings of the current explosive situation. However, for a clear, brief overview, this book is the title of choice. It includes sections on leading figures, important dates, a glossary, notes on sources, a brief bibliography, and a serviceable index. --Ann Welton, University Child Development School, Seattle

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Witness History Series
Age Range:
11 Years

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