n Historia - A truly remarkable biography
D.F. Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, Lindie Koorts : book review

Volume 59, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Gordon S. Wood in his book, (2008), argues that the problems and issues of the present should be the stimulus for historical forays into the past, but they should not be the criterion for what the historian finds in the past. The historian has to break loose from the immediate demands of the present and portray the past in its own context with all its complexity. In South Africa, struggling to come to terms with the destructive legacy of apartheid, this is a daunting challenge for the biographer of D.F. Malan, the stern and grim faced prime minister of the apartheid state between 1948 and 1954.

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