The rise and fall of apartheid david welsh

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The Rise and Fall of Apartheid by David Welsh

On his way into Parliament on February 2, 1990, F. W. de Klerk turned to his wife Marike and said, referring to his forthcoming speech: South Africa will never be the same again after this. Did white South Africa crack, or did its leadership yield sufficiently and just in time to avert a revolution? The transformation has been called a miracle, belying gloomy predictions of race war in which the white minority circled the wagons and fought to the last drop of blood. Why did it happen?

In The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, David Welsh views the topic against the backdrop of a long history of conflict spanning apartheids rise and demise, and the liberation movements suppression and subsequent resurrection. His view is that the movement away from apartheid to majority rule would have taken far longer and been much bloodier were it not for the changes undergone by Afrikaner nationalism itself.

There were turning points, such as the Soweto Uprising of 1976, but few believed that the transition from white domination to inclusive democracy would occur as soon--and as relatively peacefully--as it did. In effect, however, a multitude of different factors led the African National Congress and the National Party to see that neither side could win the conflict on its own terms. Utterly dissimilar in background, culture, beliefs, and political style, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk were an unlikely pair of liberators. But both soon recognized that they were dependent on each other to steer the transformation process through to its conclusion.
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The Rise and Fall of Apartheid

David Welsh views the topic against the backdrop of a long history of conflict spanning apartheid's rise and fall, and the liberation movement's suppression and subsequent resurrection. David Welsh. On Friday, 28 May , South Africa awoke to astonishing election news: the National Party had clawed its way to power. In alliance with the small Afrikaner Party AP , the NP had won the 26 May ballot by the narrowest of majorities: five seats - 79 seats for the NP-AP alliance compared to 65 for the defeated United Party UP , six for its ally, the Labour Party LP , and three 'Native Representatives' elected on a separate voters' roll , who would certainly vote against the incoming government. The portents of this upset - only the second change of government via the ballot box since - had been visible for some time. It had won a comprehensive victory in the 'khaki' election of , when Afrikaner nationalists were fighting viciously among themselves.

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Written by: Mary Walker on June 7, A negotiated revolution? The theme of this book has been that the transition occurred because the principal antagonists, the ANC and the NP, mutually recognized that neither could win the struggle on its own terms: the conflict was deadlocked, and perpetuating it would cause horrifying loss of life and serious damage to a potentially prosperous economy.
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Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item David Welsh is a political scientist with a historian's cast of mind. In vigorous prose, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid recounts the history of apartheid, striking a suitable balance between the black and white sides of the struggle. Welsh has followed South African politics closely for decades, in personal contact with many of the major players. His book abounds in anecdotes, insights, and brief theoretical observations that will delight the cognoscenti and laypersons alike. You may have already requested this item.

Over the past few years, there has been a remarkable outpouring of historical, political, biographical and autobiographical books in South Africa. Predictably, quite a few of them centre on or around apartheid. But the main difference between them and books written during the apartheid years is that the present crop of writers have had the benefit of hindsight - access to the record of what actually happened, and less need for guesswork. His book though covers not just the apartheid era. It is much richer in background and texture, because it is about both the centuries-old feud between Afrikaans and English-speakers, and what is known now as "the soul of the ANC.

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