n Historia - Liberals, Marxists, and Nationalists. Competing interpretations of South African History, Merle Lipton
Inspiration and disappointment : book feature

Volume 53, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Louwrens Pretorius
  • Source : Historia, Volume 53, Issue 2, Nov 2008, p. 292 - 298
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
    SciELO SA
    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



The book is valuable as an insider's view of exchanges which influenced the works of many students of apartheid. As such, it provides a valuable perspective on scholarly crafts. It also allows the occasional glimpse of ignobility on all sides (some of the contents reminded me of wonderful situations in David Lodge's satires). However, I do not think that any number of books by protagonists can settle the issues on which they choose to pursue their ideological feuds. What protagonists' reviews can do - and what this book does - is to induce questions about academic methods and morals.

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