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The Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy (Historical Association Studies) Paperback – August 3, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0631216612 ISBN-10: 0631216618 Edition: 3rd

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Editorial Reviews


Of the previous edition:

"A masterly summary of the major themes which have gone into the making of modern South Africa and of the debates which historians have had about them. It is clear and succinct; marvellously well-researched; absolutely up-to-date; and easily accessible to the general reader. It is at once the best book of its kind available." Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

"Nigel Worden's book has a good chronology, excellent bibliography and it certainly enriches the literature on South Africa." Africa World Review

"Good, scholarly one-volume overviews of South African history are not plentiful. The Making of Modern South Africa, is already proving invaluable to students and lecturer alike because it is so up to date... the book is admirably organized, remarkably comprehensive and bound to be widely used." The English Historical Review

"Worden's presentation is always erudite and balanced. He is to be congratulated in providing a masterly history of modern South Africa which should have a wide audience" The Australian Association for Maritime History

"It is well written and balanced in its presentation of the South African history, such as the inclusion of the importance of gender and environmental history." West Africa

Of the third edition:

"That Worden explains the major themes in South African history in such a thin volume while remaining concise, readable and balanced, is quite an achievement for a book that can serve as an excellent introductory text for history and political courses on modern South Africa." Journal of Modern African Studies

About the Author

Nigel Worden is Professor of History at the University of Cape Town. He was previously Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and Lecturer in Commonwealth History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Slavery in Dutch South Africa (1985) and co-author of Cape Town: The Making of a City (1998, with Elizabeth van Heyningen and Vivian Bickford-Smith) and Cape Town in the Twentieth Century (1999, with Elizabeth van Heyningen and Vivian Bickford-Smith).

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Product Details

  • Series: Historical Association Studies
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 3 edition (August 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631216618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631216612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tanja M. Laden on October 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
The structure and narrative of Nigel Worden's The Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Segregation and Apartheid is perhaps what makes this volume of the Historical Association Studies accessible not only to historians, but social historians who are looking beyond the nationalism of the African and Afrikaner to study how rural culture and townships in South Africa were affected from the colonial conquests of the 18th Century through the present. Maps of African societies in the nineteenth century; The Union of South Africa in 1910; "Native Reserves" of 1913 and 1936'; and the Bantustans, or Homelands, all provide a tangible, physical view of the changing nature of South Africa's political topography. Worden's extremely detailed Outline Chronology provides the reader with extensive information regarding South Africa from the "Pastoralist revolution" in c. 1000 BCE, through the British annexation of Natal in 1843, to the Introduction of Indian indentured laborers to Natal in 1860, which subsequently ended in 1911. Worden's Chronology illustrates how the making of apartheid was evident even before the South African "Boer" War in 1899-1902 with the Glen Grey Act of 1894 establishing separate land and tax systems for Africans on the eastern Cape.
One of Worden's arguments states that the two explanations for the changing map of South Africa after the Zulu defeated the British were 1) Britain's desire to unify the region in order to control and 2) Britain was at this point in time representative of "the wider scramble for empire, particularly in Africa, amongst European powers.
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