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The History of Apartheid

By: L. E. Neame (444/36098)
Publisher: London House & Maxwell
From the John Laffin Library

South Africa’s colour problem, the basic reason for the country’s withdrawal from the British Commonwealth, is the subject of passionate argument throughout the world. Yet it is very little understood, even by the most eager partisans on one side or the other outside South Africa.

This book provides a brief, but complete history of the problem from the time of the Dutch settlement of the Cape in 1652 down to the present. The author explains why the policy of Apartheid is pursued in the face of adverse world opinion and why it is not likely to be changed. At the same time, points out the economic and geographical factors (not to speak of the human ones) that are bound to doom this policy to failure.

Mr Neame sets out clearly the arguments put forward by both sides, and explains the full nature of the dilemma in which South Africa finds herself. As such, this book makes a most valuable contribution to general understanding of the South African problem, and deserves to be read by everyone who wants to know both sides of the question.

April 2009


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