The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics: Culture and Policies

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For upper-level undergraduate courses in African and South African history and political science or African sections of Global Studies courses. For graduate courses on South Africa or African history with a South African component.

This new history of South Africa provides a significant and unique addition to existing texts by emphasizing the African voice as well as recent developments in the newly democratic South Africa. This text incorporates important new perspectives on South African geography and the spatial dimensions of segregation and apartheid, environmental studies, and the dynamic literature on identities and ethnicity. Drawing upon the most important developments in recent South African historiography, the text highlights how Europeans and Africans shaped the environment, politics, and the economy to develop a complex multi-racial nation. Overall, it provides students with a detailed understanding of all the forces that have shaped South Africa to date, and is more up-to-date than other texts.

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"Aran MacKinnon has achieved a major work of synthesis. The Making of South Africa succeeds in drawing upon a wide variety of sources and perspectives to provide a deeply textured narrative that nicely balances economic, cultural, and political issues. Clearly written and engaging, this text will provide students with an excellent introduction to the history and historiography of this important African state. Further, Africanists who specialize in other regions of the continent, as well as historians of other world regions, will find it a valuable resource." — Jonathan Reynolds, Northern Kentucky University




"The format and organization of the book are quite good and all of the major topics are covered thoroughly. The Making of South Africa will help American students better understand this important country." — Anthony Q. Cheeseboro, Southern Illinois University


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The Making of South Africa: Culture and Politics synthesizes the author's insights with the latest scholarship on South African history in a highly readable and comprehensive text, ideal as the foundation for undergraduate and graduate courses on South African and African history. The book features detailed maps, photographs, and teaching supplements such as questions for students to consider, and an annotated list of recommended readings for each chapter. It also provides an up-to-date list of reviewed Internet sites that students and faculty can explore. The book covers South African history from the earliest foundations of human communities, through the era of segregation and apartheid to the most recent developments in post-apartheid politics and the HIV/AIDS crisis.

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