n Historia - Careful historical analysis reveals hidden layer
Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948, P.S. Landau : book review

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



is an ambitious book by any standard. Landau sets out to cover 548 years of South African history in 250 pages of text, and the reader may be forgiven for feeling some initial apprehension at the plausibility of such an undertaking. But such fears are short lived. The book leaves you with a feeling that you have just experienced privileged access to a previously hidden layer of historical analysis. It is grounded in detailed narrative and yet demonstrative of the ways in which the "big picture", as we know it today, has been carved out over the centuries.

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