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



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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