Unisa Press

The Road to Democracy in South Africa Volume 4 parts 1 & 2

Published: September 16, 2010
ISBN: 976-1-86888-646-3
Prices: R 787.85 | $ 59 | £ 45 | € 48

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About the book

Unisa Press has published all four volumes of The Road to Democracy in South Africa series, which are for sale at Unisa Press and major book retailers nationwide.

The Road to Democracy book series by SADET ‘… represents a serious-minded and valuable effort to record vital aspects of the history of resistance to apartheid’ - Saul Dubow, University of Sussex.

Two enduring challenges in South African historiography are addressed by this group of committed scholars from SADET. The Road to Democracy in South Africa: Volume 4 [1980–1990] firstly addresses the muted voices of largely unpublished black scholars, and secondly, ensures that the voices of the majority of our population are at the centre of the historic narrative.

 ‘… The once-banished African voice is at the centre of both the narrative and the historical analysis – a conscious effort that has positively enriched the production of historical knowledge in South Africa’, says SADET contributing author and executive director Dr Sifiso Ndlovu.

Comprising of 32 chapters, Volume 4 in the series focuses on the 1980s and ‘further fortifies the intellectual traditions set by the earlier volumes’. Included in the volume are chapters by Bernard Magubane on the apartheid state; Sifiso Ndlovu on the ANC and negotiations; Bhekizizwe Peterson on the arts; Zine Magubane on women’s struggles; Gregory Houston on the ANC’s underground and armed struggle; Thami ka Plaatjie on the PAC; Mbulelo Mzamane and Brown Maaba on the BCM and AZAPO; Eddy Maloka on the SACP; Christopher Saunders on the above-the-ground struggles conducted by white activists; and Jabulani Sithole on the trade union movement.

‘… its epic scale and the quality of research embodied in its chapters will ensure The Road to Democracy’s status as the staple authority on its subject for years to come, and deservedly so,’ says Tom Lodge.