The Anc's War Against Apartheid: Umkhonto We Sizwe And The Liberation Of South Africa by Stephen R. DavisThe Anc's War Against Apartheid: Umkhonto We Sizwe And The Liberation Of South Africa by Stephen R. Davis

The Anc's War Against Apartheid: Umkhonto We Sizwe And The Liberation Of South Africa

byStephen R. Davis

Paperback | January 29, 2018

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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.

Stephen Davis is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.
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Title:The Anc's War Against Apartheid: Umkhonto We Sizwe And The Liberation Of South AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 29, 2018Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253032296

ISBN - 13:9780253032294

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. A Brief History of the Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Armed Struggle
2. "I Am Not Prepared to Answer at This Stage": History, Evidence and the Mamre Camp, December 26-30, 1962
3. The Sight of Battle: Visuality, History, and Representations of the Wankie Campaign, July 31-September 8, 1967
4. Losing the Plot: Mystery, Narrativity and Investigation in Novo Catengue, May 1977-March 1979
5. Everyday Life during Wartime: Experience, Modes of Writing, and the Underground in Cape Town During the Long Decade of the 1980s
Conclusion: Making the Struggle Concrete: Nationalist Historiography at Freedom Park
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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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.