In this ambitious new history of the antiapartheid struggle, Jon
Soske places India and the Indian diaspora at the center of the
African National Congress's development of an inclusive philosophy
of nationalism. Even as Indian independence provided black South
African intellectuals with new models of conceptualizing
sovereignty, debates over the place of the Indian diaspora in
Africa forced a reconsideration of South Africa's internal and
external boundaries, not least by the ANC thinkers-led by Albert
Luthuli- centered in Durban. There, they developed a new philosophy
of nationhood that affirmed South Africa's simultaneously
heterogeneous and fundamentally African character. In describing
this process, Soske makes a major contribution to postcolonial and
Indian Ocean studies and charts new ways of writing about African
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