Twentieth-Century South Africa

Paperback | October 1, 2001

byWilliam Beinart

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An innovative examination of the forces - both destructive and dynamic - which have shaped twentieth-century South Africa. This book provides a stimulating introduction to the history of South Africa in the twentieth century. It draws on the rich and lively tradition of radical history writingon that country and, to a greater extent than previous accounts, weaves economic and cultural history into the political narrative. Apartheid and industrialization, especially mining, are central theme, as is the rise of nationalism in the Afrikaner and African communities. But the author also emphasizes the neglected significance of rural experiences and local identities in shaping political consciousness. The roles played by such key figure as Smuts, Verwoerd, de Klerk, Plaatje, and Mandela are explored, while recent historiographical trends are reflected in analyses of rural protest, white cultural politics, the vitality of black urban life, and environmental decay.The book assesses the analysis of black reactions to apartheid, the rise of the ANC. The concluding chapter brings this seminal history up-to-date, tackling the issues and events from 1994-1999 - in particular the success of Mandela and the ANC in seeing through the end of apartheid rule. It alsolooks at the chances of a stable future for the new-found democracy in South Africa.

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An innovative examination of the forces - both destructive and dynamic - which have shaped twentieth-century South Africa. This book provides a stimulating introduction to the history of South Africa in the twentieth century. It draws on the rich and lively tradition of radical history writingon that country and, to a greater extent th...

William Beinart is Professor of History, and Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He has taught at Bristol, and studied at the University of Cape Town and the School of Oriental and African Studies, Londond. and Has held reseach fellowships at Rhodes and Yale Universities. He was joint editor of the Journal of Southern African Stud...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.1 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192893181

ISBN - 13:9780192893185

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Table of Contents

Part I: A State without a Nation1. African Rural Life and Migrant Labour2. Economic and Social Change on the Settler Farmlands3. War, Reconstruction, and the State from the 1890s to 1920s4. Black Responses and Black Resistance5. The Settler State in Depression and War, 1930-1948Part II: Afrikaner Power and the Rise of Mass6. Apartheid, 1948-19617. Economy and Society in the 1960s and 1970s8. Farms, Homelands, and Displaced Urbanization 1960-19849. Black Political Struggles and the Reform Era of P.W. Botha 1973-198410. Insurrection, Fragmentation, and Negotiations 1984-1992Part III: TBC

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`William Beinart's meticulous, lively introduction to the story of the South African people through the twentieth century is an excellent place to start. The book is at once immensely readable, informative and timely, coinciding in South Africa with one of those rare, fleeting moments whenthere is a shared feeling of human liberation.'New Internationalist