A History of South Africa, Fourth Edition by Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat

By Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat

A magisterial historical past of South Africa, from the earliest recognized human inhabitation of the zone to the current. Lynn Berat updates this vintage textual content with a brand new bankruptcy chronicling the 1st presidential time period of Mbeki and finishing with the celebrations of the centenary of South Africa’s ruling African nationwide Congress in January 2012.
 
“A heritage that's either actual and actual, written in a pleasant literary style.”—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
 
“Should develop into the normal common textual content for South African historical past. . . . steered for school sessions and an individual drawn to acquiring a ancient framework during which to put occasions taking place in South Africa today.”—Roger B. Beck, History: experiences of latest Books

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The region teemed with game—elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, buffalo, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, quaggas, and numerous species of antelopes—until hunters with firearms had cleared many areas and exterminated several species, including the quaggas, by the end of the nineteenth century. Much of the region could also support domesticated animals, but tsetse flies and other bearers of diseases of cattle, sheep, and goats have made pastoralism extremely hazardous in the tropical lands of the northeast.

They were the ancestors of the Khoisan peoples of modern times—the peoples white settlers called Bushmen and Hottentots. They contributed a high proportion of the genes of the “Coloured” people, who constitute 9 percent of the population of the modern Republic of South Africa. 4 The hunter-gatherers were small people with light brown or olive skins. In 1811, English traveler William J. Burchell described the members of a band who lived in isolation in the arid interior of South Africa: They were small in stature, all below five feet; and the women still shorter; their skin was of a sallow brown colour .

Crossroads, Cape Peninsula, 1986. Photo: IDAF Photographic Library, London. 34. Cape Peninsula, 1988. Photo: IDAF Photographic Library, London. 35. An elderly couple waits to vote in 1994 elections. Photo: Rapport/Getty Images. 36. President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1998. Photo: Walter Dhladhla/Getty Images. 37. ANC centenary celebrations, 2012. Photo: Getty Images. 38. Marikana Massacre, 2012. Photo: Getty Images. MAPS 1. Southern Africa in the sixteenth century 2. The Cape Colony under the Dutch East India Company, 1652–1795 3.

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