King Solomon's Mines Revisited: Western Interests and the Burdened History of Southern Africa

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King Solomon's Mines Revisited: Western Interests and the Burdened History of Southern Africa

By William Minter
Basic Books, 1986
416 pp. $21.95
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Whether or not you agree with the author about the preeminence of international capitalism in creating and maintaining apartheid, his study shows persuasively how strong and intricate the web of Western interests has remained over the past hundred years. Minter lets no one off the hook: in exhaustive and unrelenting detail he shows how racial separation originated in the drive for domination by South Africa's first white rulers-the English-and how Western economic interest has melded with anti-communism to provide a consistent motif in forming Euro-American ties to white South Africa. This is a must for scholars and analysts of South Africa and the U.S. stance toward that country.

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