Rethinking the Rise and Fall of Apartheid: South Africa and World Politics

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November 2004



Providing a much-needed antidote to recent revisionist attempts to 'rehabilitate' apartheid, this major new text by a leading authority offers a considered and substantive reassessment of the nature, endurance and significance of apartheid in South Africa as well as the reasons for its dramatic collapse. Paying particular attention to the international dimension as well as the domestic, the author assesses the impact of anti-apartheid protest, of changing attitudes of Western governments to the apartheid regime and the evolution of South African government policies to the outside world.


Preface.- Introduction: Apartheid's Global Significance.- The Debate on the Nature of South Africa's Racial Policies: Totalitarian or Colonial?.- Origins of Racial Policy: Consequence of an Imperialist War or the Prejudice of the Frontier?.- Segregation: Home-grown or Imported?.- The Theory and Practice of Apartheid: Was There a Blueprint?.- South Africa in a Post-Colonial World: Modernising or Eroding Apartheid?.- From Vorster to Botha: New Departure or Militarised Cul de Sac?.- The Pursuit of a Negotiated Settlement: Choice or Necessity?.- The Unexpected Transition to Majority Rule: Analysing a Miracle?.- The Worldwide Anti-Apartheid Movement: Peripheral or Crucial?.- Conclusion: Taking the Long View on Apartheid's Demise.


ADRIAN GUELKE is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queen's University, Belfast. He was previously Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations, University of Witwatersrand. He is editor of the South African Journal of International Relations and is author of many books including South Africa in Transition.


'Adrian Guelke has a considerable reputation for effectively challenging the conventional wisdom. This text amply confirms his analytical skills and - in particular - a willingness to take issue with more orthodox interpretations of South Africa's role in international politics.' - Professor J.E.Spence OBE, King's College London, UK
'[O]riginal and well-informed...The chapters work best where there is a conventional wisdom to be exploded, but Geulke also makes fresh sense out of a number of unusually contested issues, for example whether segregation was 'home-grown' or 'imported', whether there was or was not a 'blue-print' for apartheid, and whether the Botha presidency should be understood as a new departure or a 'militarized cul de sac'. - Anthony Butler, Political Studies Review
'His book is a significant contribution to our understanding of how profoundly global developments influenced in the past and are likely in the future to influence South Africa.' - Merle Lipton, International Affairs
EAN: 9780333981238
ISBN: 0333981235
Untertitel: South Africa and World Politics. 'Rethinking World Politics'. 2004. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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