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A History of South Africa

by Leonard Thompson

A leading scholar of South Africa provides a fresh and penetrating exploration of that country's history, from the earliest known human inhabitation of the region to the present. Focusing primarily on the experiences of its black inhabitants, this richly illustrated book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the historical patterns behind the conflicts that rage in this troubled land.

A History of South Africa, Fourth Edition

by Leonard Thompson Lynn Berat

A magisterial history of South Africa, from the earliest known human inhabitation of the region to the present. Lynn Berat updates this classic text with a new chapter chronicling the first presidential term of Mbeki and ending with the celebrations of the centenary of South Africa's ruling African National Congress in January 2012. #147;A history that is both accurate and authentic, written in a delightful literary style. "#151;Archbishop Desmond Tutu #147;Should become the standard general text for South African history. . . . Recommended for college classes and anyone interested in obtaining a historical framework in which to place events occurring in South Africa today. "#151;Roger B. Beck, History: Reviews of New Books

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