The Peoples and Policies of South Africa

The Peoples and Policies of South Africa

The Peoples and Policies of South Africa

The Peoples and Policies of South Africa

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As I write, preparations are going forward for the tercentenary celebrations of the entry of Western civilization into southern Africa. The Union of South Africa is a product of the social and economic forces that were set in motion three hundred years ago, and this book is an attempt to trace the pattern of these forces in the Union today. To do this in a short book necessarily involves selection, and I can only hope that my attempts to select fairly have not been unsuccessful.

I have borrowed some of my historical material from The Black Man's Burden, which I wrote under the pseudonym of 'John Burger' and which was published by Victor Gollancz in 1943. This is particularly true of the first chapter.

My thanks are due to Mr. L. M. Thomson for reading the manuscript and for valuable suggestions.

Finally, I owe more than I can say to my wife's trenchant criticism of the matter and the manner of this book and to her constant encouragement.

L. M.

STELLENBOSCH January 1952 . . .

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