Twentieth-Century South Africa / Edition 1

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This accessible and concise introduction to South Africa's turbulent history this century is the first to emphasize the social and economic history underlying the political upheavals and the establishment and fitful dismantling of apartheid. Beinart, a leading South Africa historian, begins with the final colonial conquests of the late 19th century and ends with a prognosis for democracy and redistribution of resources in the 1990s. Along the way he considers how popular culture and politics help to explain the rise of Afrikaner and African nationalism, and looks at such key topics as patterns of violence, the significance of ethnicity, and the variety of radical politics and religious expression. Written for the student and general reader, this book will serve as a useful guide to this vital period in twentieth-century history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192893185
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

William Beinart is Professor of History, and Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He has taught at Bristol and studied at the University of Cape Town and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and has held research fellowships at Rhodes and Yale Universities. He was joint editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies from 1982 to 1987 and has been chair of its editorial board since 1992.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
Introduction: Conquest, the State, and Society 1
Pt. I A State without a Nation, 1880-1948
1 African Rural Life and Migrant Labour 9
2 Economic and Social Change on the Settler Farmlands 36
3 War, Reconstruction, and the State from the 1890s to the 1920s 62
4 Black Responses and Black Resistance 88
5 The Settler State in Depression and War, 1930-1948 114
Pt. II Afrikaner Power and the Rise of Mass Opposition, 1948-1994
6 Apartheid, 1948-1961 143
7 Economy and Society in the 1960s and 1970s 170
8 Farms, Homelands, and Displaced Urbanization, the late 1950s to the 1980s 201
9 Black Political Struggles and the Reform Era of P. W. Botha, 1973-1984 228
10 Insurrection, Fragmentation, and Negotiations, 1984-1994 254
Pt. III The New South Africa, 1994-2000
11 A New Politics: From Rainbow Nation to African Authority 289
12 Economic Uncertainties: Redistribution, Class Formation, and Growth 309
13 Crime, Culture, and Reconciliation in the New South Africa 328
App. 1: Notes on Tables and Figures 348
App. 2: Tables 353
App. 3: Figures 356
Bibliography 361
References 384
Index 392
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