South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

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Longman/Pearson, 2011 - History - 187 pages
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Apartheid was an oppressive and brutal system of racial discrimination that captured and appalled world opinion during the latter half of the twentieth century. South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid examines the history of South Africa during this period of apartheid: from 1948 when the Nationalists came to power, through to the collapse of the system in the 1990s.


Written in a clear and accessible manner, the book:

  • charts the history of the apartheid regime, starting with the institution of the policy, through the mounting opposition in the 1970?s and 1980?s, to its eventual collapse in the 1990?s
  • highlights the internal contradictions of white supremacy
  • demonstrates how black opposition, from that of Nelson Mandela to that of thousands of ordinary people, finally brought an end to white minority rule
  • provides an extensive set of documents to give insight into the minds of those who fashioned and those who opposed apartheid
  • discusses the subsequent legacy of apartheid

Also containing a Chronology, Glossary, Who?s Who of leading figures and Guide to Further Reading, this book provides students with the most up-to-date and succinct introduction to the ideology and practice of apartheid in South Africa.

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Review: South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid (Seminar Studies In History)

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

It's good as a survey. It does give a concise and easy to read overview of SA history and apartheid. However it doesn't go into much of the "why." Strikingly it very seldom makes mention of women. Read full review

About the author (2011)

NANCY L. CLARK and WILLIAM H. WORGER have been researching and writing about the history of South Africa since first visiting the country in the mid 1970s. Nancy L. Clark is currently Professor of History at Louisiana State University. William H. Worger is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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