South Africa's search for a non-racial democracy has been characterized by repression, violence and various attempts at reform. The political logjam was broken both by President F. W. de Klerk's speech of 2 February 1990 and the ANC's response to it. The release of Nelson Mandela, the unbanning of political organizations and the beginning of the negotiation process were the highlights of the period under review. Although circumstances in the country remain turbulent, South Africans on the whole, are hopeful that their country will achieve a just and peaceful society and regain the respect of the international community.
This work chronicles events from 1987 to August 1990, and continues the work of an earlier bibliography entitled: South Africa Under Apartheid ( Pietermaritzburg: Shuter and Shooter in association with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, 1987; Westport, Conn.: Meckler Corporation, 1990).
The preponderance of articles are in English, and where this is not the case, titles in foreign languages have been freely translated. All information on imprint, collation and series is also in English. Although coverage is international, the compilation of this bibliography was seen as an opportunity to present South African viewpoints from the widest spectrum of political persuasions.
The annotated entries in the bibliography are arranged in one alphabetical sequence by either author or title in accordance with current cataloguing procedure.
The author index includes corporate and individual authors, editors, sponsoring bodies and institutes. Relevant item numbers are provided.
The subject index has been compiled as an in-depth information retrieval tool, and links keywords to specific entries. As the focus of this bibliography is on South Africa, the term is implied throughout the index.