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Twentieth-Century South Africa : Opus - William Beinart

Twentieth-Century South Africa


Paperback Published: 4th October 2001
ISBN: 9780192893185
Number Of Pages: 432

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An innovative examination of the forces - both destructive and dynamic - which have shaped twentieth-century South Africa. This book provides a stimulating introduction to the history of South Africa in the twentieth century. It draws on the rich and lively tradition of radical history writing on that country and, to a greater extent than previous accounts, weaves economic and cultural history into the political narrative. Apartheid and industrialization, especially mining, are central theme, as is the rise of nationalism in the Afrikaner and African communities. But the author also emphasizes the neglected significance of rural experiences and local identities in shaping political consciousness. The roles played by such key figure as Smuts, Verwoerd, de Klerk, Plaatje, and Mandela are explored, while recent historiographical trends are reflected in analyses of rural protest, white cultural politics, the vitality of black urban life, and environmental decay. The book assesses the analysis of black reactions to apartheid, the rise of the ANC. The concluding chapter brings this seminal history up-to-date, tackling the issues and events from 1994-1999 - in particular the success of Mandela and the ANC in seeing through the end of apartheid rule. It also looks at the chances of a stable future for the new-found democracy in South Africa.

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`William Beinart's meticulous, lively introduction to the story of the South African people through the twentieth century is an excellent place to start. The book is at once immensely readable, informative and timely, coinciding in South Africa with one of those rare, fleeting moments when there is a shared feeling of human liberation.' New Internationalist

Introduction: Conquest, the State and Society Part I: A State without a Nation 1: African Rural Life and Migrant Labour 2: Economic and Social Change on the Settler Farmlands 3: War, Reconstruction, and the State from the 1890s to 1920s 4: Black Responses and Black Resistance 5: The Settler State in Depression and War, 1930-1948 Part II: Afrikaner Power and the Rise of Mass 6: Apartheid, 1948-1961 7: Economy and Society in the 1960s and 1970s 8: Farms, Homelands, and Displaced Urbanization from the late 1950s to the 1980s 9: Black Political Struggles and the Reform Era of P.W. Botha 1973-1984 10: Insurrection, Fragmentation, and Negotiations, 1984-1994 Part III: The New South Africa, 1994-2000 11: A New Politics: From Rainbow Nation to African Authority 12: Economic Uncertainties: Redistribution, Class Formation, and Growth 13: Crime, Culture and Reconciliation in the the New South Africa

ISBN: 9780192893185
ISBN-10: 0192893181
Series: Opus
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 4th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.66 x 12.88  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised