As the most influential and powerful country on the entire continent of Africa, an understanding of South Africa's past and its present trends is crucial in appreciating where South Africans are going to, and from where they have come. South Africa changed dramatically in 1994 when apartheid was dismantled, and it became a democratic state. Since 2000, when the previous edition appeared, further big changes occurred, with the rise of new political leaders and of a new black middle class. There were also serious problems in governance, in public health, and the economy, but with a remarkable popular resilience too. This third edition of Historical Dictionary of South Africa contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 600 cross-referenced entries on important personalities as well as aspects of the country's politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about South Africa.
About the Author
Christopher Saunders is emeritus professor, University of Cape Town, and an associate of the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at UCT. He was the author of the first edition of this dictionary and co-author of the second edition. Peter Limb is emeritus associate professor and Africana bibliographer, Michigan State University, and a research fellow at the Gender and Africa Studies Centre, University of the Free State, South Africa. He has published widely on South African history.