Mk: The Anc's Armed Struggle

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Mk: The Anc's Armed Struggle

By Howard Barrell
Penguin Books, 1990
76 pp.
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This compact and fascinating book is the most authoritative study to date on the guerrilla war waged against the South African regime by the African National Congress. It traces the history of the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, from its founding in 1961 through the lean years prior to the 1976 Soweto uprising. It also goes on through the critical decade of the 1980s that brought South Africa to political deadlock and the current moves toward a negotiated settlement. The author, a South African journalist turned academic, argues that the ANC came too little and too late to an appreciation of the need to work politically inside South Africa to lay an organizational base for a guerrilla-supported popular insurrection.