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The ANC's War against Apartheid : Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Liberation of South Africa - Stephen R. Davis

The ANC's War against Apartheid

Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Liberation of South Africa

Paperback Published: 29th January 2018
ISBN: 9780253032294
Number Of Pages: 328

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For nearly three decades, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), waged a violent revolutionary struggle against the apartheid state in South Africa. Stephen Davis works with extensive oral testimonies and the heroic myths that were constructed after 1994 to offer a new history of this armed movement. Davis deftly addresses the histories that reinforce the legitimacy of the ANC as a ruling party, its longstanding entanglement with the South African Communist Party, and efforts to consolidate a single narrative of struggle and renewal in concrete museums and memorials. Davis shows that the history of MK is more complicated and ambiguous than previous laudatory accounts would have us believe, and in doing so he discloses the contradictions of the liberation struggle as well as its political manifestations.

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"This is an important and timely study, highly readable, solidly researched, and well written. It provides a fascinating and provocative engagement for those interested in histories of liberation, armed struggles, and informal armed formations." -Nicky Rousseau, University of the Western Cape "Stephen Davis charts new territory in a bold and lively fashion. Apart from furthering our knowledge and understanding of MK, he contributes significantly to scholarship on liberation movements more broadly. Essential reading." -Gary Baines, author of South Africa's Border War

AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. A Brief History of the Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Armed Struggle2. "I Am Not Prepared to Answer at This Stage": History, Evidence and the Mamre Camp, December 26-30, 19623. The Sight of Battle: Visuality, History, and Representations of the Wankie Campaign, July 31-September 8, 19674. Losing the Plot: Mystery, Narrativity and Investigation in Novo Catengue, May 1977-March 19795. Everyday Life during Wartime: Experience, Modes of Writing, and the Underground in Cape Town During the Long Decade of the 1980sConclusion: Making the Struggle Concrete: Nationalist Historiography at Freedom ParkAppendicesBibliographyIndex

ISBN: 9780253032294
ISBN-10: 0253032296
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 29th January 2018
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.42

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