Black Politics in South Africa Since 1945

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Black Politics in South Africa Since 1945

By Tom Lodge
Longman, 1983
389 pp.

In this study a South African historian has shaped an extraordinary wealth of detail into the fullest account to date of the evolution of black activism from the early 20th century to the present. Basic themes emerge from the exposition: the continuing reluctance of blacks to adopt a long-term strategy of violent confrontation with whites despite violent white responses to black activism; the importance of class differences among blacks; the move from a strategy of protest to one of resistance-with revolution yet to come. Combining a straight narrative with separate treatments of particular groups, including the nationalist movements, women and labor, he provides especially interesting accounts of resistance in the countryside and exile politics.

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