Liberals, Marxists, And Nationalists: Competing Interpretations of South African History by M. LiptonLiberals, Marxists, And Nationalists: Competing Interpretations of South African History by M. Lipton

Liberals, Marxists, And Nationalists: Competing Interpretations of South African History

byM. Lipton

Hardcover | October 18, 2007

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This book examines conflicting interpretations of the origins, evolution, and end of apartheid. Lipton asserts that it began around 1970 with relatively non-violent reform, and ended following President de Klerk's release of Nelson Mandela, and his reinstatement of the African National Congress and other organizations, in February 1990.
MERLE LIPTON is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and wrote this book while Senior Research Fellow at Sussex University, Brighton. Her publications include:Capitalism& Apartheid: South Africa, 1910-86; Sanctions& South Africa: the dynamics of economic isolation; State& Market in Post-Ap...
Title:Liberals, Marxists, And Nationalists: Competing Interpretations of South African HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.69 inPublished:October 18, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023060059X

ISBN - 13:9780230600591

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Table of Contents

Is Historical Truth Possible and Does History Matter? The Debate about SA I: Selected Issues before 1910 The Debate about SA II: Selected Issues, 1910-1990 The Debate about SA III: Other Factors Undermining Apartheid Theory, Politics, and Psychology of the Debate How Historians Shape the Future Appendix to Chapter 3

Editorial Reviews

"To write this book demanded courage, because the evidence amassed critiques not merely the argument but the academic honesty of some of the leading 'neo-Marxist revisionists'.  For such a volume to make its case convincingly, meticulous citation and fair representation of arguments and evidence are critical if the critic is to persuade her readers and reviewers of the accuracy of her judgements of the role and behaviour of historians in shaping perceptions about South Africa's past.  Merle Lipton proves that she has the qualifications for the task, bringing to bear a lifetime's knowledge of the literature."--Anthony Lemon, Masfield College, Oxford“This is a fine book, well written and based upon a lifetime’s knowledge of the literature. It is also provocative, challenging Liberals as well as Marxists, and based on the understanding that …. Final definitive versions of the past are not possible, and that history will remain in a continuous process of revision” --International Affairs“This book is timely and provocative. Lipton was a pioneer among those historians who argue, from the 1960s, that economic growth was placing strains on apartheid and would eventually undermine it …. At a time of resurgent ethnicism … Lipton reminds us of the importance of a liberal interpretation in safeguarding liberty in the future” --Focus"Merle Lipton is a major liberal protagonist in the late-twentieth century Marxist-liberal debate about South African politics and society. The book is valuable as an insider's view of exchanges which influenced the works of many students of apartheid. As such, it provides a valuable perspective on scholarly crafts .... [and] induces questions about academic methods and morals. A great deal is packed into this short volume....The book is well-written and well-organised and the presentation facilitates study."--Historia