4th Edition

South Africa The rise and fall of apartheid

By Nancy L. Clark, William H. Worger Copyright 2022
    278 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This new edition of South Africa examines the history of South Africa from 1948 to the present, covering the economic background to racial segregation, the introduction of the oppressive policy of apartheid, the eventual collapse of White supremacy, and the legacy of apartheid to the present day.

    Fully revised, the fourth edition incorporates new original research, particularly from the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and includes additional popular culture images, such as posters linked to the international anti-apartheid struggle. These help to further emphasise the mounting popular opposition to state repression in the 1970s and 1980s. By developing an analysis of recent economic and political issues that are rooted in the apartheid regime, particularly the continuing divide between rich and poor along racial lines and the impact of public corruption known as 'state capture', South Africa provides a current, clear, and succinct introduction to the ideology and practice of apartheid.

    Illustrated with photographs, maps, and figures, and including a Chronology, Glossary, Who’s Who, and updated Further Reading section, the fourth edition of South Africa is an essential text for students studying all aspects of apartheid in South Africa.

    Part I: Setting the scene  1. Introduction  2. Historical background  Part II: Analysis  3. The basis of apartheid  4. Growing contradictions  5. The collapse of apartheid  Part III: Assessment  6. A legacy of inequality  Part IV: Documents


    Nancy L. Clark is Dean and Professor of History Emeritus at Louisiana State University. Her publications include Manufacturing Apartheid: State Corporations in South Africa (1994).

    William H. Worger is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include South Africa’s City of Diamonds: Mine Workers and Monopoly Capitalism in Kimberley, South Africa (1987).

    Both are Research Fellows at the Department of History, University of the Free State (UFS), South Africa.



    Praise for previous edition:

    "South Africa: The rise and fall of apartheid provides a detailed, informed, and highly readable introduction to the major themes concerning apartheid South Africa, its development, evolution, and ultimately its collapse. It offers a quick and informative entry point for those new to South African history, covering a broad overview of key political, societal and economic issues. What makes this book particularly useful is the section assessing the diverse historiography, supplemented by a range of key primary documents from across the apartheid era. An analytical and accessible insight into apartheid South Africa." 

    Matthew Graham, University of Dundee, UK  

    "Clark and Worger’s South Africa remains one of the most relevant yet accessible texts for students of Apartheid. Including key timelines, source documents and analytical essays this 3rd edition shows the universal demand for this important work which has been updated to incorporate life in post-Apartheid South Africa up to 2015."

    Nicholas J. Evans, University of Hull, UK

    "The 3rd edition of Clark & Worger's South Africa is a wonderfully concise but extremely thorough account of apartheid, which makes the complexities and contradictions of modern South African history accessible to undergraduate students. The addition of electronic resources, films, and suggestions for further reading in the the 3rd edition not only complement the combination of narrative and primary sources within the text, but also serve as a valuable tool for instructional course design and student research. It is an ideal text for an undergraduate classroom."

    Molly McCullers, University of West Georgia, USA  

    "This revised edition offers a timely and relevant introduction to a complex and still contested period of South Africa’s past. It is thoughtfully expanded to include primary sources and recent historiography which emphasize the social dimensions and repercussions of apartheid. Teachers and students of South African history will find the historical documents and the updated further reading (with new visual and online sources) sections particularly useful resources."

    Rebekah Lee, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK