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5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental work, 30 July 2009
This review is from: AFRIKANERS (Reconsiderations in Southern African History) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 12 Jun 2011, 09:37:19 BST
Ampers says:
An excellent review, I wonder what extra will be in the new edition.

I have an autographed copy Hermann signed in 2003 and can't recommend this book enough to potential readers.
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