Apartheid, 1948–1994 by Saul Dubow

By Saul Dubow

This new examine bargains a clean interpretation of apartheid South Africa. rising out of the author's long-standing pursuits within the heritage of racial segregation, and drawing on loads of new scholarship, archival collections, and private memoirs, he situates apartheid in international in addition to neighborhood contexts. the general notion of Apartheid, 1948–1994 is to combine experiences of resistance with the research of strength, taking note of the significance of principles, associations, and culture.
Saul Dubow refamiliarizes and defamiliarizes apartheid that allows you to strategy South Africa's white supremacist prior from not likely views. He asks not just why apartheid was once defeated, yet the way it survived goodbye. He neither presumes the increase of apartheid nor its death. This synoptic reinterpretation is designed to introduce scholars to apartheid and to generate new questions for specialists within the box.

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He was an outright believer in baaskap (boss-ship)—without the intellectual trimmings. Speaking in parliament, shortly before the 1948 election, Strijdom mocked those who pretended they could not understand what the Nationalists meant by apartheid. Quite simply, it meant that he would not sit in a bus alongside a ‘native’. Apartheid was essentially a matter of domination: Either you are baas, the equal, or the inferior, one of the three. If you are not baas, you must be a man’s equal . . It is so clear and logical.

The discussion revealed a clear line of division between the pragmatic, evangelical wing led by the Stellenbosch University theologian G. B. A. Gerdener, who was disdainful of neo-Calvinist apartheid dogma, and Kuyperianinfluenced purists like J. H. Kritzinger who were strongly inclined to find support for apartheid by means of scriptural exegesis. It was the latter approach that gained ground and the Council of Dutch Reformed Churches was now persuaded to endorse elaborate scriptural proofs for apartheid prepared by the New Testament expert E.

34 Afrikaner Nationalism Although apartheid was a theory about how to treat blacks, it was in the first instance a theory that emerged out of discussions about the special nature and God-given tasks of Afrikaners. Its key policies were almost entirely foreshadowed by racial segregation in pre-1948 South Africa, and 16 THE APARTHEID ELECTION, 1948 indeed, in much of British settler Africa. To this extent it was more than just a reworked solution to the age-old problem of how to reconcile the competing needs and desires of whites and blacks.

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