n Historia - South African history through the prism of friendship
Friendship and Union : The South African Letters of Patrick Duncan and Maud Selborne, 1907-1943, D. Lavin (Ed.) : book review

Volume 56, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The post-Union, pre-apartheid era, which spanned the years 1910-1948, is one of the most undervalued and misunderstood phases in South Africa's political history. It is often treated as part of the "inevitable" march towards apartheid - or it is contrasted as a period of relative moderation, under leaders such as Smuts, in comparison to what was to follow. Neither of these perspectives does any justice to the only period in twentieth-century South Africa when no single political party could dominate parliamentary politics, a time when the future was anything but certain.

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