This extensive history of South Africa was written by some of the
country s most prominent historians. Its broad scope includes South
Africa's pre-colonial history, slavery, Afrikaner nationalism, an
environmental history and an analysis of a post-apartheid South
Africa.Some relevant questions are asked in this book. For example,
Who were the first people in South Africa? And who came after them?
How did their interaction help to form this country? Where do we
stand as a nation today? Chapters include the Anglo-Boer War, the
establishment of apartheid, a different view on apartheid and the
democratic puberty. Two chapters are about the struggle against the
Afrikaner and focus on the black resistance movement.The author
said in a recent interview: "We did not try and justify apartheid,
but one has to know what it was all about." Prof Hermann Giliomee
also poses the question in his chapter: "Was apartheid all
bad?"This extensive history of South Africa was written by some of
the country s most prominent historians and is meant to put the
complex history of South Africa into perspective.The author
emphasizes that the book is an effort to understand people's
behavior in the history of South Africa."
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