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An African Volk

Jamie Miller

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780190274832
Published online October 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190274863 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274832.001.0001
An African Volk

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Opposition to apartheid was one of the great moments in postwar history. Its success remains a symbol of a progressive global community. An African Volk looks at this phenomenon from the other side. It explores how the apartheid state in South Africa sought to maintain power as the world of white empire gave way to a new postcolonial environment that repudiated racial hierarchy. Drawing upon archival research across Southern Africa and beyond, as well as over fifty hours of interviews with leading figures from the apartheid order, An African Volk shows how instead of simply resisting decolonization and African nationalism in the name of white supremacy, the white power structure looked to hijack and invert the norms of the new global era to relegitimize its rule, break out of isolation, and secure international acceptance. Situated at the nexus of African, decolonization, and Cold War history, An African Volk tells the story of how the architects of apartheid used statecraft to redefine whiteness and promote a fresh ideological basis for their rule. In doing so, it offers new global and local perspectives on the apartheid state and illuminates the complexities and contradictions of the postcolonial project. Equally, it shows how the regime’s outreach to Africa both reflected and fueled heated debates within Afrikaner society over the relationship between race, nation, and state, exposing a deeply divided polity in the midst of massive economic, cultural, and social change.

Keywords: Apartheid; decolonization; nationalism; Cold War; African history; South Africa; postcolonial; politics; Afrikaner; race

Book.  464 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political History ; Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Introduction in An African Volk

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“We Are Not Europeans” in An African Volk

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Into Africa in An African Volk

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“We Must Stay Prepared” in An African Volk

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In Search of Détente in An African Volk

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Mission Creep in An African Volk

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The Post Mortem in An African Volk

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Dr. Kissinger, I Presume? in An African Volk

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