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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Rethinking the Rise and Fall of Apartheid

South Africa and World Politics

ISBN 9780333981221
Publication Date February 2005
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Rethinking World Politics

Providing a much-needed antidote to recent revisionist attempts to 'rehabilitate' apartheid, this major new text by a leading authority offers a considered and substantive reassessment of the nature, endurance and significance of apartheid in South Africa as well as the reasons for its dramatic collapse. Paying particular attention to the international dimension as well as the domestic, the author assesses the impact of anti-apartheid protest, of changing attitudes of Western governments to the apartheid regime and the evolution of South African government policies to the outside world.

ADRIAN GUELKE is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, Queen's University, Belfast. He was previously Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations, University of Witwatersrand. He is editor of the South African Journal of International Relations and is author of many books including South Africa in Transition.

Introduction: Apartheid's Global Significance
The Debate on the Nature of South Africa's Racial Policies: Totalitarian or Colonial?
Origins of Racial Policy: Consequence of an Imperialist War or the Prejudice of the Frontier?
Segregation: Home-grown or Imported?
The Theory and Practice of Apartheid: Was There a Blueprint?
South Africa in a Post-Colonial World: Modernising or Eroding Apartheid?
From Vorster to Botha: New Departure or Militarised Cul de Sac?
The Pursuit of a Negotiated Settlement: Choice or Necessity?
The Unexpected Transition to Majority Rule: Analysing a Miracle?
The Worldwide Anti-Apartheid Movement: Peripheral or Crucial?
Conclusion: Taking the Long View on Apartheid's Demise.


Adrian Guelke has a considerable reputation for effectively challenging the conventional wisdom. This text amply confirms his analytical skills and - in particular - a willingness to take issue with more orthodox interpretations of South Africa's role in international politics.' - Professor J.E.Spence OBE, King's College London, UK
'[O]riginal and well-informed...The chapters work best where there is a conventional wisdom to be exploded, but Geulke also makes fresh sense out of a number of unusually contested issues, for example whether segregation was 'home-grown' or 'imported', whether there was or was not a 'blue-print' for apartheid, and whether the Botha presidency should be understood as a new departure or a 'militarized cul de sac'. - Anthony Butler, Political Studies Review
'His book is a significant contribution to our understanding of how profoundly global developments influenced in the past and are likely in the future to influence South Africa.' - Merle Lipton, International Affairs
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