n Historia - A complex study of the history and politics of the Transkei
Mandela's Kinsmen: Nationalist Elites and Apartheid's First Bantustan, Timothy Gibbs : book review

Volume 60, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



This new study of the history and politics of the Transkei is a fascinating and complex one. Its contribution is not only to our understanding of the sometimes obscure political dynamics of elites in South Africa's "first Bantustan", but to the broader fields of development history and political economy. While at one level this is a revisionist history of the story of the inclusive nationalism of the liberation movement versus the divide and rule history of the apartheid Bantustan strategy, at another level it provides a subtle exploration of development politics and the development (or underdevelopment) of one of South Africa's poorest rural areas.

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