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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408245647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408245644
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"...this text appears unparalleled in providing a quick and accessible guide to apartheid and its various facets."

H-Net, Christopher J. Lee, Department of History, Harvard University

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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.

Nancy L. Clark is Professor of History and Dean of the Honors College at Louisiana State University. William H. Worger is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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3.0 out of 5 stars important but confusing, with significant clarity issues 8 Jan. 2016
By SM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides the history of apartheid, from the Dutch settlement in 1652 through the the release of Nelson Mandela and the fall of apartheid in the 1990s. It is certainly an important topic and a significant attempt at telling the history in a comprehensive fashion. However, the book suffers from significant and extensive clarity issues. It is meant as an introductory text, but in many places it is assumed that the reader has important context that they likely do not. The book is chalk full of jargon and an incomprehensible mess of acronyms and actors (which are defined at the front of the book, but in the Kindle edition it is practically impossible to refer back and forth to this list). The book often refers to events and people that it hardly explains, if at all. Many of the paragraphs lack a take-away or summary statement to leave the reader with a sense of the importance of the information. Therefore, some of what is presented is baffling, and I had to rely on supplementary websites to attempt to make sense of it (and I have a PhD in the social sciences).
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a good textbook 5 Jun. 2014
By TED KAZ - Published on Amazon.com
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This textbook was a thourough derscription of Apertheid, from start to finish. It pretty much has eveything you would want to know about the aformentioned topic.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the rise and fall of aparthied lacked what I was looking for 5 Feb. 2014
By bridget bardot - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely a history book with quotes of documents of white leaders of the day. Seemed factual. I was looking for the social ramifications of the people living in the apartheid areas. I spend some time in South Africa and shopped the book stores there. There were no books available for me about the social circumstances of apartheid. This one followed suit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture of South Africa's recent history 22 April 2013
By Hankk - Published on Amazon.com
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I just moved to South Africa and wanted a primer on the country's recent history. This book gives a fascinating and detailed history of apartheid. The analysis is clear, logical, and free of any overt bias. For those planning on visiting South Africa, I highly recommend this -- it'll give you a much broader picture of the country's position than tourist guidebook. The authors are academics but it's definitely accessible to a general audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best concise analysis of the subject 25 Aug. 2005
By Luiza Vartavarian - Published on Amazon.com
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As a former student of Dr Worger I can vouch for his deep knowledge of the subject. Here Worger and Clark give the undergradaute or anyone else with an interest in the subject a thoughtful and well researched analysis of a brutally repressive regime that simply did not just come out of nowhere (Africans have been oppressed in what is today South Africa since the 17th century)and will not simply be deposited on the dust heap for history. The legacy of apatheid will be long and painful for the generations that endured it and the new generations that will grow up in its shadow. Woger proves here beyong any doubt that the National Party regime was without a doubt one of the most vicious and murderous regimes of the second half of the 20th century. Even the Soviet bloc post-1956 fell far short in terms of brutality. Noam Chomsky estimates that some 1.5 million deaths can be laid at Pretoria's for the period of 1978-1989 alone (PW Both's tenure in office). I dont doubt it, Worger cornicles how Pretoria raided, bombed, and destablized all the nations of Southern Africa in a desperate attempt to stay in power. It tortrued and murdered its own Africans when they dared to protest. the work also has a very good section on books for further reading and those interested in the topic, such as myself, can delve deeper if they so choose to.
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