n Journal for Contemporary History - The Zuma years: South Africa's changing face of power, Richard Calland : book review
|Article Title||The Zuma years: South Africa's changing face of power, Richard Calland : book review|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Affiliations||1 Free State Provincial Archives|
|Publication Date||Jun 2014|
|Pages||180 - 181|
Following his "Anatomy of South Africa: Who holds the power?", published in 2006, Calland's new publication, which, in the author's own words, can be described as a "sequel", is a welcome addition to the literature on contemporary South Africa. The Zuma years is a rather grim reflection on South Africa in 2013, yet it serves as an important record that will aid any researcher or layperson towards a better grasp of the fundamental challenges facing the South African state in 2013.
According to Calland, The Zuma years can be described as a reflection on "a period of intense social transformation in South Africa's history" (p. xiii), "Yet, this is not a history book" (p. 4). A great emphasis is placed on the readability of the text. Key in this regard is the inclusion of endnotes in favour of footnotes, striking a good balance between academic credibility and the accessibility of the work for the layman.
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