The History of South Africa

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - History - 248 pages
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To quote the title of Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography, it has been a long walk to freedom. The history of South Africa, one of the oldest inhabited places on earth, is also the story of one of the newest nations, made and remade over the last century. This compellingly written history of South Africa, from prehistoric times through 1999, is the only up-to-date history of the nation. Beginning with an overview of the modern nation, this narrative history traces South Africa from prehistory through the European invasions, the settlement by Dutch, the imposition of British rule, the many internecine wars for control of the nation, the institution of apartheid, and, finally, freedom for all South Africans in 1994 and the Mandela years 1994-1999.

Twin themes of colonial rule and racism intertwine over the course of the last three hundred and fifty years. Beck, a specialist in the history of South Africa, illuminates the conflicts, personalities, and tragedies of South African history over this period, culminating in the end of apartheid in 1994, the release from prison of Nelson Mandela, and his formation of a new government. Brief sketches of key people in the history of South Africa, a glossary of terms, maps, and a bibliographic essay of suggested reading complete the work. Every library should update its resources on South Africa with this engagingly written and authoritative history.


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South Africa Today
The First South Africans 4 Million BCE1488 CE
European Invasion 14881795
The British and the Cape Colony 17951870
African States Afrikaner Republics and British Imperialism 17701870
The British Imperial Age 18701910
White Union and Black Segregation Preparing for Apartheid 19101948
The Apartheid Years 19481973
The Final Years of White Domination 19731994
The Mandela Years 19941999
Notable People in the History of South Africa
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ROGER B. BECK is Professor of African and World History at Eastern Illinois University. He has published widely on South African history and is coauthor of World History, Patterns of Interaction.

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