In the revised version of this acclaimed work, Leonard Thompson has added a new chapter, outlining the country's remarkable transition from a racist political order to a democratic one. A substantial new preface has also been added, and footnotes have been expanded. Above all, this penetrating exploration of South Africa's eventful history - from the earliest known human settlement of the region to the present day - focuses primarily on the experiences of the black inhabitants rather than on those of the white minority.
An admirably objective history of South Africa . . . [that] will be most useful in contemplating the country s future.