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The last Afrikaner leaders : a supreme test of power

Author: Hermann Giliomee
Publisher: Cape Town : Tafelberg, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Renowned historian Hermann Giliomee challenges the conventional wisdom on the downfall of white rule: Instead of impersonal forces, or the resourcefulness of an indomitable resistance movement, he emphasises the role of Nationalist leaders and of their outspoken critic, Van Zyl Slabbert. What motivated each of the last Afrikaner leaders, from Verwoerd to De Klerk? How did each try to reconcile economic growth, white  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hermann Giliomee
ISBN: 9780624049715 9780624058373 0624058379 062404971X
OCLC Number: 818946836
Notes: Includes index.
Also available in Afrikaans: Die laaste Afrikaner leiers.
Description: 447 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: An extraordinary country --
An extraordinary professor and the 'Cape nats' --
'The most terrific clash of interests imaginable": Hendrik Verwoerd's response --
Denying black South African's citizenship: John Vorster's empire --
Moving out into Africa: John Vorster's foreign schemes --
PW both and the 'power sharing without losing control' --
A crossing suspended: PW Botha's Rubicon --
Van Zyl Slabbert: the golden boy and the black prince --
'The risk of not taking risks': ending empire --
Time for a 'quantum leap': FW De Klerk's venture --
'Paddling into dangerous rapids': drafting a new constitution --
A record of understanding --
A wary military --
Negotiating the NP out of power.
Responsibility: Hermann Giliomee.
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Renowned historian Hermann Giliomee challenges the conventional wisdom on the downfall of white rule: Instead of impersonal forces, or the resourcefulness of an indomitable resistance movement, he emphasises the role of Nationalist leaders and of their outspoken critic, Van Zyl Slabbert. What motivated each of the last Afrikaner leaders, from Verwoerd to De Klerk? How did each try to reconcile economic growth, white privilege and security with the demands of an increasingly assertive black leadership and unexpected population figures? In exploring each leader's background, reasoning and personal foibles, Giliomee takes issue with the assumption that South Africa was inexorably heading for an ANC victory in 1994. He argues that historical accidents radically affected the course of politics. --from publisher description.

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