History of south africa

A History of South Africa


This extensive history of South Africa was written by some of the country’s most prominent historians such as Hermann Giliomee, Jan Visagie, David Scher and Fransjohan Pretorius. Its broad scope includes South Africa’s pre-colonial history, slavery, Afrikaner nationalism, an environmental history and an analysis of a post-apartheid South Africa.

Chapters included are:

The Anglo-Boer War – Fransjohan Pretorius

The establishment of apartheid, 1948-1966 – David Scher

Apartheid: A different view- Hermann Giliomee

The democratic puberty, 2004-2011 – Jan-Jan Joubert

Two chapters are about the struggle against the Afrikaner and focus on the black resistance movement. The author said in a recent interview: “We did not try and justify apartheid, but one has to know what it was all about”. Prof Hermann Giliomee also poses the question in his chapter: “Was apartheid all bad?” The author emphasises that the book is an effort to understand people’s behaviour in the history of this country.

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About the editor and author

Fransjohan Pretorius is a professor in History at the University of Pretoria and has written or edited eight books about the Anglo-Boer War. His book Life on Commando during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 was the runner-up in the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. He has also won numerous awards for his contributions about the Anglo-Boer War.

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