"The Afrikaners: Biography of A People, " the first
comprehensive history of the Afrikaner people based on--and
critical of--the most recent scholarly work, draws on the author's
own research and interviews conducted with leading political
actors. Hermann Giliomee weaves together life stories and
interpretation to create a highly readable narrative history of the
The revised and expanded edition also offers a fresh
contextualization of apartheid, its paradoxes and its complex
effects, and of the increasingly fraught relationship between the
ANC government and the powerless Afrikaner minority. Giliomee
revises current orthodoxies on white supremacy in South Africa in
important ways. The result is not only a magisterial history of the
Afrikaner people, but also a fuller understanding of that history,
which for good or ill resonates far beyond the borders of South
Reconsiderations in Southern African History
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