The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

This is an authorative, balanced and lucid history of the rise and fall of Apartheid in South Africa.
Welsh, David
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Title: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Author: David Welsh
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781868423521 / ISBN 978-1-86842-352-1
Hardcover, 15x23 cm, 647 pages


South Africa's transition from a racial oligarchy to an inclusive democracy was one of the most remarkable processes of the late twentieth century. Few believed that it would occur as soon - and as relatively peacefully - as it did. The transition belied gloomy predictions of race war in which the white minority went into a laager and fought 'to the last drop of blood'. This book examines the historical processes underlying the transition. That there were 'turning points', or seminal events, is undoubted.

The Soweto Uprising of 1976 is an example. Perhaps a metaphor with greater explanatory force would be that of a river rising as a stream, fed along its course by tributaries, gathering force until it finally comes up against the dam wall. The wall has been steadily eroding as the power of the water mounts - and then? Does the wall break, or are the sluice gates opened to relieve the pressure? Did white South Africa crack, or did its leadership yield sufficiently and just in time to avert a revolution?

Contents: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

Preface abbreviations
Afrikaner Nationalism and the Coming of Apartheid
The Black Experience: A Prelude to Apartheid
The Rise and Decline of Apartheid
The Decline and Rise of the Black Opposition
The Soweto Uprising and its Consequences
Fissures and Fractures in Afrikaner Nationalism
The Turbulent Eighties
The Growth of Black Resistance in the 1980s
Groping Towards Negotiation
Getting to the Table
Opening Pandora's Box
Negotiating the Interim Constitution
The Founding Election

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