This authoritative work examines 500 years of interaction between the races in a country that during the apartheid era became a byword for racial disharmony.
Descendants of the aboriginal Bushmen, Boer voortrekkers, British Uitlanders, and recent arrivals fleeing poverty in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This exciting work is the definitive guide to a nation so diverse that its people were once famously described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the "rainbow people of God."
Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990 was the defining moment in South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. But as this fascinating study shows, the racial history of South Africa is much more complex than a simple struggle between black and white.
How did South Africa become a crossroads for peoples as diverse as the Zulu, the Xhosa, the Dutch, and the Chinese? Did the end of apartheid really herald a new dawn in race relations, or have the scars of those years yet to truly heal? To answer these questions, this timely volume examines South Africa’s ethnic history over 500 years. From the earliest contacts between Europeans and Africans to the country’s changing role in the post-apartheid era, this reference work traces the fascinating racial history of South Africa before, during, and after the apartheid years.
Features • Each chapter provides a timeline of events in South African political history • Includes primary sources such as the Freedom Charter and excerpts from President Thabo Mbeki’s famous “I Am an African" speech
Highlights • Analyzes the key historical events and processes that shaped South Africa’s ethnic diversity • Engages the reader with archaeological, historical, political, and sociological approaches to the study of ethnicity in South Africa • Offers alternative perspectives, informed by anthropological theory, to the study of South Africa’s peoples
Sally Frankental, Ph.D., is senior lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa. Her published works include an article on South African Jewish women for the Encyclopaedia of Jewish Women.
Owen B. Sichone, Ph.D., is senior lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa. His published works include Democracy in Zambia: Challenges for the Third Republic and The State and Constitutionalism in Southern Africa.