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South Africa's Foreign Policy: The Search For Status And Security, 1945-1988
South Africa's Foreign Policy: The Search For Status And Security, 1945-1988
By James Barber and John Barratt
Cambridge University Press, 1990, 398 pp.

This useful and highly readable account of South African diplomacy since World War II stops a year short of the de Klerk era and the start of South Africa's most drastic efforts to date to restore its credentials as a member of the international community. The authors chart four distinct foreign policy phases since 1945, each resulting in the progressive isolation of Pretoria in Africa and the world, and show how persistent opposition from blacks and their allies eventually doomed the attempts of South Africa's Western trading partners to separate economic from political relations. Readers looking for an inside glimpse of policymaking processes within the laager may be disappointed; however, an immense wealth of published sources has been drawn together in producing this solid study.