In this Book

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In this eloquent memoir, already widely read and praised in the author’s native South Africa, Hermann Giliomee weaves together the story of his own life with that of his country--a nation that continues to absorb and inspire him, both despite and because of its tortuous history.

 

An internationally respected historian--his landmark The Afrikaners, writes J. M. Coetzee, "includes an account of the origins and demise of apartheid that must rank as the most sober, objective and comprehensive we have"-- Giliomee has devoted a lifetime to exploring the origins and perpetuation of the deep divisions in South African society. Although he grew up in the heart of the Afrikaner nationalist movement, he soon began to cut his own path in examining the rise and entrenchment of exclusive Afrikaner power and became one of the National Party’s chief critics. As an "outside insider"--or, to his critics, a "snake in the grass"--Giliomee has an understanding of Afrikaner power that is informed and nuanced. He has engaged with members on all sides of South Africa’s debates--many of whom appear in these pages through vivid and insightful portraits--and his outspokenness has hit nerves across the political spectrum. The personal journey of this original and courageous thinker will appeal to anyone interested in the complexities of South Africa’s past and present.

Reconsiderations in Southern African History

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter One Origins
  2. pp. 13-25
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  1. Chapter 2 “The song of a nation’s awakening”
  2. pp. 26-47
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  1. Chapter 3 A university with attitude
  2. pp. 48-62
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  1. Chapter 4 Apprentice
  2. pp. 63-90
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  1. Chapter 5 “A snake in our midst”
  2. pp. 91-115
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  1. Chapter 6 Civil war in “The John”
  2. pp. 116-145
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  1. Chapter 7 Among the English
  2. pp. 146-159
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  1. Chapter 8 “All the voices of this land”
  2. pp. 160-179
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  1. Chapter 9 “Witness to momentous times”
  2. pp. 180-207
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  1. Chapter 10 End of the party
  2. pp. 208-228
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  1. Chapter 11 An uncommon biography
  2. pp. 229-244
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  1. Chapter 12 Almost neighbours
  2. pp. 245-265
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  1. Chapter 13 New history
  2. pp. 266-275
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  1. Chapter 14 Surrender without defeat?
  2. pp. 276-312
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  1. Chapter 15 To know who you are
  2. pp. 313-344
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  1. Chapter 16 Proud and ashamed
  2. pp. 345-349
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. 350
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  1. Books by Hermann Giliomee
  2. p. 351
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 352-366
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813940922
MARC Record
OCLC
1019726297
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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