By Leslie Witz
Apartheid’s pageant highlights the conflicts and debates that surrounded the 1952 get together of the three hundredth anniversary of the touchdown of Jan Van Riebeeck and the founding of Cape city, South Africa. happening on the top of the apartheid period, the pageant used to be seen by means of many as a chance for the govt to advertise its nationalist, separatist time table in grand model. Leslie Witz’s fine-grained exam of newspapers, brochures, pamphlets, and ads fabrics finds the expectancies of the pageant planners in addition to how the competition was once engineered, historic figures have been reconstructed, and the ANC and different anti-apartheid agencies fixed competition to it. whereas laying open the darker factors of the apartheid regime, Witz exhibits that the creation of neighborhood heritage is a part of an international method solid by means of the fight among colonialism and resistance. Readers attracted to South Africa, representations of nationalism, and the making of public historical past will locate Apartheid’s competition to be a major examine of a society in transition.
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Apartheid's Festival: Contesting South Africa's National Pasts (African Systems of Thought) by Leslie Witz