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South West Africa

Author: Ruth First
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Middlesex : Penguin Books, 1963.
Series: Penguin African library, AP10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A concise yet comprehensive survey of the reasons why South West Africa (now Namibia) is a vital area of the African continent. The author traces the course of over eighty years' economic and political exploitation of the African population by a succession of white powers, from the original British and Dutch traders to the Nationalist regime begun in 1948. She argues that the ironic tragedy whereby a League of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
First, Ruth, 1925-1982.
South West Africa.
Harmondsworth, Middlesex : Penguin Books, 1963
(OCoLC)555921160
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth First
OCLC Number: 237090
Description: 269 pages : maps ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the bare bones of conflict --
Part one: The antagonists. The servants ; The masters --
Part two: The heavy hand of history. Explorers and elephant hunters, missionaries and traders ; The old colonialism under Germany --
Part three: The lean years of the mandate. White Man's war ; Sacred trust ; Punitive expeditions ; Land rush ; The tribes retreat --
Part four: The score --
in black and white. The wrong side of the line ; The dignity of labour ; "You are a black spot" ; Wealth accumulates, but men decay --
Part five: The world as referee. The League of Nations: on the Geneva carpet ; The United Nations: retreat from the twentieth century ; Points of law ; How the people organized ; Sharpeville and the sixties --
Part six: Next round? Appendixes: What is protection? ; Table of land ownership ; Table of white settlement ; Foreign investment in South West Africa ; Education in South West Africa.
Series Title: Penguin African library, AP10.
Responsibility: Ruth First.

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A concise yet comprehensive survey of the reasons why South West Africa (now Namibia) is a vital area of the African continent. The author traces the course of over eighty years' economic and political exploitation of the African population by a succession of white powers, from the original British and Dutch traders to the Nationalist regime begun in 1948. She argues that the ironic tragedy whereby a League of Nations mandate became an instrument of oppression may yet become a source of hope.

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