Birth of the New South Africa
by T R H Davenport;T R H DavenportDavenport (9780802080547)

Birth of the New South Africa
T R H Davenport;T R H DavenportDavenport
Release Date: 07 February 1998
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 104
Category: South Africa
ISBN: 9780802080547
ISBN-10: 0802080545

In These Lectures, Davenport Explores What He Calls 'One of The Most remarkable turnabouts in history' the recent dramatic events in South Africa. He begins by looking at the changes that took place leading to the end of apartheid, and then at the challenges that the new administration of Nelson Mandela faced after the May 1994 elections. The government of national unity had to build a new society out of old bricks, against all the handicaps of an economy run down by sanctions as well as a school system that had almost collapsed and, in collapsing, left large numbers of unemployable people.

Davenport examines the process of reconciliation among the various elements of South African society, and explains how a host of problems that might have wrecked peace-making were overcome. He ends with an up-to-date analysis of South Africa's constitution-making, a process set against this politically volatile background.

The Birth of the New South Africa is an illuminating look at the transitional years from apartheid to democracy, told from the perspective of an insider. Davenport's history of modern South Africa (Fourth Edition, 1991), is widely used as a work of reference by scholars and general readers.

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