Academic journal article Review of Constitutional Studies

Bibliography on South African Politics, Law, and Society

Academic journal article Review of Constitutional Studies

Bibliography on South African Politics, Law, and Society

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This bibliography, which lists books only, contains a selection of titles drawn from the copious literature on South African political and legal culture in the twentieth century. The sources listed below are grouped under various headings designed to help a researcher navigate through the massive body of writings that illuminate the context in which the citizens of South Africa have forged a new constitutional framework. Many of the works cited contain further bibliographical information, especially to material published in academic journals, news magazines, and newspapers.


A. The following accounts by both foreign and South African journalists depict life under apartheid, with specific coverage of social conditions, political forces, states of emergency, race relations, and the period immediately preceding the new constitutional settlement.

Finnegan, William, Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid, rev. ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994)

--Dateline Soweto: Travels With Black South African Reporters (New York: Harper and

Row, 1988)

Friedman, Steven, ed., The Long Journey: South Africa's Quest for a Negotiated Settlement (Johannesburg: Ravan, 1993)

Hochschild, Adam, The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey (New York: Viking, 1990)

Keane, Fergal, The Bondage of Fear: A Journey through the Last White Empire (Harmondsworth: Viking, 1994)

Malan, Rian, My Traitor's Heart (New York: Vintage, 1990)

Mallaby, Sebastian, After Apartheid (London: Faber and Faber, 1992)

Mkhondo, Rich, Reporting South Africa (London: Heinemann, 1994)

Sparks, Allister, The Mind of South Africa: The Story of the Rise and Fall of Apartheid (New York: Knopf, 1990)

B. For chronicles of the events resulting in the end of apartheid, and for profiles of the public figures instrumental in rearranging the political landscape, the following are useful:

Ergas, Zaki, The Catharsis and the Healing: South Africa in the 1990s (London: Janus, 1994)

Ottaway, David, Chained Together: Mandela, de Klerk, and the Struggle to Remake South Africa (New York: Times Books, 1993)

Sparks, Allister, Tomorrow is Another Country: The Inside Story of South Africa's Negotiated Revolution (London: Heinemann, 1995)


A. For general historical accounts of southern Africa, including precolonization societies and cultures; the arrival and dispersal of European explorers and settlers; conflict among the imperial powers; and nineteenth-century political and military events, see:

Crais, Clifton C, White Supremacy and Black Resistance in Pre-Industrial South Africa: The Making of the Colonial Order in the Eastern Cape, 1770-1865 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Davenport, T. R. H., South Africa: A Modern History, 4th ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991)

Davidson, Basil, Africa in History: Themes and Outlines (London: Phoenix, 1992)

--The African Genius: An Introduction to African Social and Cultural History (Boston: Little, Brown, 1969)

--Modern Africa, 2nd ed. (London: Longman, 1989)

Elphick, Richard, The Shaping of South African Society, 1652-1840, 2nd ed. (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1989)

Mostert, Noel, Frontiers: The Epic of South Africa's Creation and the Tragedy of the Xhosa People (New York: Knopf, 1992)

Omer-Cooper, J. D., History of South Africa, 2nd ed. (London: Heinemann, 1994)

Pakenham, Thomas, The Boer War (New York: Random House, 1979)

Pringle, Thomas, Narrative of a Residence in South Africa (Cape Town: Struik, 1966)

Switzer, Les, Power and Resistance in an African Society: The Ciskei Xhosa and the Making of South Africa (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993)

Thompson, Leonard, A History of South Africa (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990)

Trapido, Stanley, Putting a Plough to the Ground: Accumulation and Dispossession in Rural South Africa, 1850-1930 (Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1986)

Wilson, Monica, and Thompson, Leonard, eds. …

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