South Africa's history stretches back to the beginnings of human existence. This book provides an overview to South Africa's multiple millennia of history, covering its long and often troubled past to its current status in the 21st century.
A newly revised and thoroughly updated version of a popular Greenwood publication, The History of South Africa: Second Edition provides readers with readable, accessible information on the nation's prehistory, early history and colonial past, its unfortunate apartheid era, as well as new coverage of South Africa's more recent events in the 20th and 21st centuries. This work presents unique, extended coverage of South Africa's prehistory, beginning 3.5 million years ago and incorporating information gleaned from the most recent archaeological finds. The text reflects the most current historiography on African settlement and life before the arrival of Europeans, accurately describes the colonial era as a period of European hegemony and intense African resistance, and discusses in great detail the apartheid years and the events leading up to majority rule in 1994. This second edition also includes an updated timeline, new biographical sketches of notable people, and supplies recent print and electronic resources in the bibliography.
• Provides an easily accessible and highly readable general introduction to the history of South Africa that includes extensive coverage of its prehistory and early history
• Supplies a detailed examination of the last years of apartheid and the events leading up to majority rule in 1994
• Includes an extensive discussion of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its effect on the country
About the Author
Roger B. Beck, PhD, is distinguished professor of African and world history at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.