Race and Reconciliation: Essays from the New South Africa

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Ongoing Struggle at the End of History

Fukuyama and the End of History

One person dead and one hundred and fifty thousand demonstrating at the G8 Summit in Genoa. Demonstrations against the injustice in globalization in Seattle, Davos, São Paolo. All this at the end of history. Africa in shambles, and all this at the end of history. President Thabo Mbeki gaining back some of the moral capital lost during the AIDS debacle by impressing the G8 nations with a plan to help Africa.

Thousands dead in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pittsburgh, at the end of history.

The end of history: Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man1 is among the most important works of the last decade of the twentieth century, the decade during which South Africa became a liberal democracy and vowed to enter into the spirit of a flourishing, global economy. Fukuyama's well-known view is that history has come to an end. To be more precise and more pedantic about this: Fukuyama's well-known view is that history has come to an end, or is about to come to an end, or is in the process of coming to an end in most if not all parts of the globe, or is in the process of coming to an end in significant parts of the globe but perhaps not most, or is in the process of coming to an end in some but not

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1: The Coat of Many Colors: Truth and Reconciliation 1
  • 2: Soweto's Taxi, America's Rib 47
  • 3: Afro-Medici: Thabo Mbeki's African Renaissance 69
  • 4: Racial and Nonracial States and Estates 104
  • 5: The Genealogy of Modern South African Architecture 128
  • 6: Postmodernists of the South 173
  • 7: Ongoing Struggle at the End of History 196
  • Notes 211
  • Index 217
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