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A Traveller's History of South Africa Paperback – 10 Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (10 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842126946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842126943
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Mason was born in 1969. After graduating, he studied at the University of London, receiving an MA in Imperial and Commonwealth Studies. Since 1996 he has taught at both graduate and undergraduate level on a wide variety of subjects including the history of southern Africa from 1500 until the present day. His first book, Verdun, was published by the Windrush Press in 2000.

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Well written brief history of South Africa, will be a friendly companion to travelers there and will help appreciate the country better than a guide book.

Racial issues of course are prominent in this book, and the white vs black juxtaposition is described in a wealth of details. But the history of South Africa is one of parallel struggles amongst the white colonizers, one the one hand, and among indigenous Africans, on the other. English and Dutch settles (less the French) fought each other as much as Zulu fought Xhosa.

Interesting to learn that the NNC (forerunner of the ANC) supported segregation because it saw it as a way to acquire power over African tribal rulers. Yet, as Mandela put it, segregation developed over time to become " the codification inone oppressive system that was monolithic, diabolical in detail, inescapable in reach and overwhelming it power".
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This is far more in depth than I expected and I'm enjoying reading it before I go to South Africa next week. Well written without technicalities - readable and informative
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Barbara Arndt on 20 Jan 2010
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An absolutely brilliant book. As I will travel to SA in March 10 I bought this as an addition to my Lonely Planet Guide. This handy book gives you a deep inside and anyone travelling there should read it. Got the similar format for India as well.A Traveller's History of South Africa
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concise but thorough and highly readable travel companion 3 Nov 2014
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Well written brief history of South Africa, will be a friendly companion to travelers there and will help appreciate the country better than a guide book.

Racial issues of course are prominent in this book, and the white vs black juxtaposition is described in a wealth of details. But the history of South Africa is one of parallel struggles amongst the white colonizers, one the one hand, and among indigenous Africans, on the other. English and Dutch settles (less the French) fought each other as much as Zulu fought Xhosa.

Interesting to learn that the NNC (forerunner of the ANC) supported segregation because it saw it as a way to acquire power over African tribal rulers. Yet, as Mandela put it, segregation developed over time to become " the codification inone oppressive system that was monolithic, diabolical in detail, inescapable in reach and overwhelming it power".
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