234 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 in
April 10, 1999
Cambridge University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0521575788
ISBN - 13: 9780521575782
About the Book
Describes 1500 years of South African history, from pre-colonial times to Nelson Mandela's Presidency.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. The settlement of the land; 3. Colonial conquest; 4. Unification; 5. Consolidation; 6. Apartheid; 7. The costs of apartheid; 8. 'Let Freedom Reign': the end of apartheid and the transition to democracy, 1980-1994; 9. Epilogue: the acid rain of freedom; Suggestions for further reading.
From the Publisher
This book provides a succinct overview of the past 1500 years of South African history, up to and including the government of Nelson Mandela. On the basis of a description of precolonial African societies and of colonial conquest, it concentrates on the economic and political transformations leading up to the radical changes of the past decade. Nevertheless, it also devotes much attention to the diversity of South African society and the vibrancy of its cultural life.
From Our Editors
South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But it has had a shameful past of Apartheid and horrible disparity in wealth between white and black, rich and poor. But when freedom rang throughout the land in April 1994, when its first democratic elections were held, the world rejoiced. A Concise History of South Africa provides an overview of 1,500 years of politics up to and including Nelson Mandela's historic government. A title in Cambridge's Concise Histories series, Robert Ross explores the cultural and social diversity of this turbulent land, and examines the political and economic history that led to violent upheaval in South Africa's recent history.
"Ross's writing style will help the book find a wide audience. The narrative is not overburdened with the jargon of any particular historical school, and he uses strong, declarative sentences to make his points." The Historian