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South Africa: A Modern History

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This book is a comprehensive survey of the whole of South African history from pre-colonial times to 1999. It handles all major topics in some depth, with special focus on the dramatic changes in that country since 1990. It includes an important chapter on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and information on the recent South African elections. Both authors have long experience of university teaching in South Africa and have published ...
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Overview

This book is a comprehensive survey of the whole of South African history from pre-colonial times to 1999. It handles all major topics in some depth, with special focus on the dramatic changes in that country since 1990. It includes an important chapter on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and information on the recent South African elections. Both authors have long experience of university teaching in South Africa and have published widely in the field.
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This history begins with the years before white domination and weaves together the many threads leading to the consolidation of a white state. The final three chapters discuss the sharing of power and the quest for humane values. Saunders (history, U. of Cape Town) now shares authorship with original author Davenport (emeritus, history, Rhodes U., Grahamstown). The first edition was published in 1977; the fourth in 1991. This new edition is substantially revised and updated and contains a brief foreword by Desmond Tutu. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333792230
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 807

Meet the Author

T. R. H. Davenport is Emeritus Professor of History at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Christopher Saunders is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cape Town.
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Table of Contents

Part I: The Prelude to White Domination * Section I: The Setting of the Human Problem * From the Dawn of History to the Time of Troubles * The Birth Place of a Plural Society * The Enlightenment and the Great Trek * Section II: Chiefdoms, Republics and Colonies in the Nineteenth Century * African Chiefdoms * Boer Republics * British Colonies * Section III: The Struggle for Possession * White and Black: The Struggle for the Land * Empire and Republics: The Breaking of Boer Independence, 1850-1902 * The Shaping of a White Dominion * Part II: The Consolidation of a White State * Section I: The Road to Afrikaner Dominance * Union under Stress: Botha and Smuts, 1910-24 * Afrikaner's Road to Parity: Hertzog, 1924-33 * White Unity, Black Division, 1933-9 * Smuts and the Liberal-Nationalist Confrontation, 1939-48 * Section II: The Age of the Social Engineers * Trek into the Wilderness, 1948-60 * Internal Combustion, 1956-64 * Modification and Backfire, 1964-78 * At the Crossroads, 1978-90 * Salesmanship: Ethnasia contra mundum, 1945-90 * Section III: A Search for a Promised Land * Towards the Sharing of South Africa * Body, Mind and Spirit: A Quest for Human Values * Appendix Tables * Heads of State, 1652-1999 * Party Representation in the Assembly, 1910-1999
Part I: The Prelude to White Domination * Section I: The Setting of the Human Problem * From the Dawn of History to the Time of Troubles * The Birth Place of a Plural Society * The Enlightenment and the Great Trek * Section II: Chiefdoms, Republics and Colonies in the Nineteenth Century *African Chiefdoms * Boer Republics * British Colonies * Section III: The Struggle for Possession * White and Black: The Struggle for the Land * Empire and Republics: The Breaking of Boer Independence, 1850-1902 * The Shaping of a White Dominion * Part II: The Consolidation of a White State * Section I: The Road to Afrikaner Dominance * Union under Stress: Botha and Smuts, 1910-24 * Afrikaner's Road to Parity: Hertzog, 1924-33 * White Unity, Black Division, 1933-9 * Smuts and the Liberal-Nationalist Confrontation, 1939-48 * Section II: The Age of the Social Engineers * Trek into the Wilderness, 1948-60 * Internal Combustion, 1956-64 * Modification and Backfire, 1964-78 * At the Crossroads, 1978-90 * Salesmanship: Ethnasia contra mundum, 1945-90 * Section III: A Search for a Promised Land * Towards the Sharing of South Africa * Body, Mind and Spirit: A Quest for Human Values * Appendix Tables * Heads of State, 1652-1999 * Party Representation in the Assembly, 1910-1999
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