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  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd; 2 edition (16 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849041482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849041485
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This crowning work by one of South Africa's most prominent social scientists is likely to become a baseline for interpreting Afrikaner history for a long time to come.' --Foreign Affairs

'A book to welcome ... it includes an account of the origins and demise of apartheid that must rank as the most sober, objective and comprehensive we have.' --J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

'This crowning work by one of South Africa's most prominent social scientists is likely to become a baseline for interpreting Afrikaner history for a long time to come.' --Foreign Affairs

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HERMANN GILIOMEE extraordinary Professor of History at the University of Stellenbosch, has written or edited thirteen books, including the Shaping of South African Society; From Apartheid to Nation-Building; The Elusive Search for Peace: South Africa, Israel and Northern Ireland; and The Awkward Embrace: One Party Domination and Democracy in Industrialising Countries. He has been a regular columnist in South African newspapers for the past twenty years, and is the leading authority on Afrikaner history.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 22 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
This fascinating book is subtitled, "Biography of a People," and it certainly lives up to it. The book follows the history of the Boers of South Africa, from their arrival in the seventeenth century, through to the final collapse of apartheid and beyond (the book having been published in 2003). Along the way, the reader is treated to an in-depth and yet highly readable history that makes South African history come alive in an exciting and highly informative way.
I must say, this book is nothing short of a tour de force! I have read several books on South Africa, and I must admit that I was at first intimidated by this book's size and appearance, which convinced me that it was a school book. But, while this book is eminently useful as a school book, it is still highly readable, making South Africa's history interesting. It covers many details without sounding dry and academic.
So, while I have read several books on South Africa's history, I can easily say that this is the best one that I have read so far. If you are interested in South Africa and the Boers, then this is the best book you can get on the subject. I give this book my highest recommendations!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. A. V. Conradie on 30 July 2009
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An interpreted history, The Afrikaners, is a deeply engrossing and thought provoking work. As an Afrikaner himself, Hermann Giliomee, brings a largely dispassionate and objective analysis to the emotionally charged history of a South African people. In particular, I admire the content for its ability to dispel the many Afrikaner founding myths that I was taught in school during the 1980s. For those of us who have often thought that the Great Trek and the Anglo Boer War are the defining moments of the Afrikaner, Giliomee offers an alternate perspective. In shedding centuries of subjugation and finally apartheid itself, the Afrikaner is finally on a journey unhindered by the Raka that has plagued the soul of a people for far too long. Giliomee delivers on his opening promise; to understand is not to pardon, but there is no harm in understanding.
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Helped me Understand the present day Rainbow Nation for informing me before a an extended tour around a very beautiful country. .Offered and supplied with the usual unsurpassed Amazon service and efficiency.
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