Year Of Fire, Year Of Ash: The Soweto Revolt by Baruch HirsonYear Of Fire, Year Of Ash: The Soweto Revolt by Baruch Hirson

Year Of Fire, Year Of Ash: The Soweto Revolt

byBaruch Hirson

Paperback | August 15, 2016

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Decades after its original publication, Year of Fire, Year of Ash still stands as one of the leading accounts of the 1976-77 Soweto Revolt, one of the most significant acts of resistance in the history of the South African anti-apartheid movement. Written by Baruch Hirson, a South African activist and scholar who was intimately involved in the movement, the book provides an unparalleled insight into the origins and events of the uprising, from its antecedents in the early 1970s to its role in galvanizing the global struggle against apartheid.
Crucially, the book overturned the conventional logic about the uprising by showing that it was not simply a student protest, but a revolt by the wider black working class. As South Africa experiences a new wave of popular revolt, and as new forms of black consciousness arise in movements around the world, this new edition of Year of Fire, Year of Ash, updated with a new introduction, provides a timely reminder of the continued significance of the Soweto revolt to struggles against oppression today.
Baruch Hirson (1921–99) was a South African historian and anti-apartheid activist. A committed socialist from a young age, he became involved in the which carried out acts of sabotage against the apartheid regime. Hirson was jailed for nine years for his involvement with ANC-affiliated “African Resistance Movement,” and after his relea...
Title:Year Of Fire, Year Of Ash: The Soweto RevoltFormat:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Zed BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Tables and Maps
Foreword by Shula Marks
Nineteen Seventy-Six by Oupa Thando Mthimkula
PART I From School Strikes to Black Consciousness
l. The Black Schools: 1799–1954
2. Bantu Education: 1954–1976
3. The University Student Movements: 1960– 1969
4. Black Consciousness Politics: 1970–1974
5. Secondary Schools and the African School Movement
6. The Black Consciousness Movement: Ideology and Action
PART 2 Workers and Students on the Road to Revolt
7. Black Workers Set the Pace
8. The Strike Wave Spreads
9. State Repression and Political Revival: 1974–1976
10. The Soweto Revolt: June 1976
II. The Revolt Takes Shape
12. The Cape Province Explodes
13. New Tactics in the Revolt
14. The Revolt Winds Down
PART 3 Black Consciousness and the Struggle in S. Africa
15. Anatomy of the Revolt
16. Black Consciousness in South African History
A South African Glossary
When Did It Happen? A Chronology of Events

Editorial Reviews

“The book remains an impressive study of the uprising for its meticulous detail and wealth of resources.”