Mandela: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 10, 2008

byTom Lodge

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This book explores Nelson Mandela's personal development as well as his public activism, from his childhood as a member of the Thembu royal house through his emergence in the 1950s as a nationalist celebrity, his martyrdom in prison and, finally, his contemporary canonization as atransnational icon of liberal democracy. Though primarily a political biography which will concern itself with Mandela's role as an historical actor, this book also looks at the effects of political myth. Tom Lodge explored the different ways in which Nelson Mandela's life has been interpreted andthe effects of his leadership on the making of modern South Africa, and, more generally, his importance as an exemplary modern day hero.

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This book explores Nelson Mandela's personal development as well as his public activism, from his childhood as a member of the Thembu royal house through his emergence in the 1950s as a nationalist celebrity, his martyrdom in prison and, finally, his contemporary canonization as atransnational icon of liberal democracy. Though primari...

Tom Lodge is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, and is the author of many books on South African politics. He was educated in Nigeria, Malaysia, and Britain, and worked in New York as a program director at the Social Science Research Council between 1988 and 1991.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803018

ISBN - 13:9780192803016

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Table of Contents

1. Childhood and Education2. Political and Professional Apprenticeship3. Defiance and Guerilla Warfare4. Terms of Trial and the Making of a Hero5. Transition Politics and Government6. Interpreting Mandela

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"An insightful and eminently engaging analysis from one of postcolonialism's leading scholars. This book sheds a fascinating new light on Mandela's compelling 'magic.'"--Naomi Wolf