Apartheid was an oppressive and brutal system of racial discrimination that captured and appalled world opinion during the latter half of the twentieth century. South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid examines the history of South Africa during this period of apartheid: from 1948 when the Nationalists came to power, through to the collapse of the system in the 1990s.
Written in a clear and accessible manner, the book:
- charts the history of the apartheid regime, starting with the institution of the policy, through the mounting opposition in the 1970's and 1980's, to its eventual collapse in the 1990's
- highlights the internal contradictions of white supremacy
- demonstrates how black opposition, from that of Nelson Mandela to that of thousands of ordinary people, finally brought an end to white minority rule
- provides an extensive set of documents to give insight into the minds of those who fashioned and those who opposed apartheid
- discusses the subsequent legacy of apartheid
Also containing a Chronology, Glossary, Who's Who of leading figures and Guide to Further Reading, this book provides students with the most up-to-date and succinct introduction to the ideology and practice of apartheid in South Africa.