South Africa: A Modern History - T. R. H. (Thomas Rodney Hope) DavenportLondon: Macmillan, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
2nd edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1977] Contains: Appendices ; Maps; Tables;
From the cover: “This major history fills the void left by the obsolescence of the single-volume histories of South Africa written by men such as Eric Walker and C. W. de Kiewiet, which were much read between the 1930s and the 1960s. It aims to provide a sound basis of organised factual information for the student, supplemented by up-to-date bibliographical guides for the main issues covered in each chapter.
The whole range of South African history is covered, from the late stone age through to 1977, but the emphasis is mainly on the twentieth century. All the peoples of South Africa appear in the mainstream of the narrative. For the period before 1910, there are separate chapters on the Mfecane and the Trek, each against its historical background, as well as comparative chapters on African chiefdoms, Boer republics and British colonies. Black-white competition for land and Anglo-Boer competition for sovereignty form the subjects of separate chapters. These are followed by one on unification, which is treated as the culmination of this twofold power struggle. The story from 1910 to 1977 is told mainly chronologically, with the accounts of white and black political activities, the parliamentary and the extra-parliamentary, interspersed. In a concluding section on perspectives the socio-economic picture is described in relation to South Africa’s peculiar institutions, separate development and the colour bar, and the book ends with a brief summary of the current debate between adherents of the ‘conventional wisdom’ and those of the ‘revisionist’ school on how South African history should be interpreted.”