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Twentieth-Century South Africa

William Beinart

Publication Date - 15 November 2001

ISBN: 9780192893185

432 pages

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An innovative examination of the forces--both destructive and dynamic--which have shaped South Africa, this book provides a stimulating introduction to the history of the nation in the twentieth century. It draws on the rich and lively tradition of radical history writing and weaves economic and cultural history into the political narrative.


  • A concise and thorough history of one of the most turbulent countries in the world.
  • Fully updated to include the groundbreaking developments of the past 5 years, and the end of Apartheid.
  • Writtend by one of the leading scholars in the field

About the Author(s)

William Beinart is Professor of History, and Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He has taught at Bristol and studied at the University of Cape Town and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and has held research fellowships at Rhodes and Yale Universities. He was joint editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies from 1982 to 1987 and has been chair of its editorial board since 1992.


"[A] meticulous, lively introduction...[I]mmensely readable, informative and timely."--New Internationalist

Table of Contents

    Part I: A State without a Nation
    1. African Rural Life and Migrant Labour
    2. Economic and Social Change on the Settler Farmlands
    3. War, Reconstruction, and the State from the 1890s to 1920s
    4. Black Responses and Black Resistance
    5. The Settler State in Depression and War, 1930-1948
    Part II: Afrikaner Power and the Rise of Mass
    6. Apartheid, 1948-1961
    7. Economy and Society in the 1960s and 1970s
    8. Farms, Homelands, and Displaced Urbanization 1960-1984
    9. Black Political Struggles and the Reform Era of P.W. Botha 1973-1984
    10. Insurrection, Fragmentation, and Negotiations 1984-1992
    Part III: TBC