The Congress Movement: Icu, Anc, Cp & Congress Alliance by Sylvia NeameThe Congress Movement: Icu, Anc, Cp & Congress Alliance by Sylvia Neame

The Congress Movement: Icu, Anc, Cp & Congress Alliance

bySylvia Neame

Paperback | February 1, 2015

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This study of the development of the national liberation movement in South Africa is in stark contrast to the frequent depictions of the history of the ANC by leading academics as fragmented, fractured, and discontinuous. Not only does Sylvia Naeme’s analyses disprove the belief that the ANC’s development has been episodic, several of the conclusions drawn point to its essential inner coherence. Crucial to the development of the congress movement was the search for an alliance strategy that would ensure the ANC its central role. Particularly striking, and essentially new, is the depiction of the various alliance partners—including the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), the Communist Party, and the South African Congress of Trade Unions—and their complicated interaction. The research, based on extensive primary and secondary sources including some 80 interviews dating back to the early 1960s, uniquely combines narrative and analysis. The Congress Movement invites the reader to engage in the fascinating development of the national liberation movement in South Africa in its formative period and uncovers its outstanding continuities as well as the considerable range of its methods. Volume 1 traces the unfolding of the congress movement from 1917 and looks at socialist and other forces that played an integral part in its formation. The 1918–20 upsurge, which included an African mineworkers’ strike, played a key role in this development and laid the basis in the 1920s for a partnership between the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union and the African National Congress.
Sylvia Neame is a long-standing member of the Congress movement who spent several years in jail during apartheid. She has a doctorate of philosophy in the field of African history and is a former teacher and researcher at Leipzig University.
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Title:The Congress Movement: Icu, Anc, Cp & Congress AllianceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.5 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2015Publisher:HSRC PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0796924864

ISBN - 13:9780796924865

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