James Barber

James Barber is a member of the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University. He has written widely about international relations and Southern Africa.

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Mandela’s World · The International Dimension of South Africa’s Political Revolution
By James Barber

The demise of apartheid, the release of Nelson Mandela, and a new constitution leading to a democratic government elevated South Africa’s status during the 1990s. Mandela’s World describes and analyzes South Africa's international development during this momentous decade in which Nelson Mandela stamped his personality on his nation and on the international stage.

“James Barber’s book supplies a more coherent interpretation of South Africa's policies than the existing scholarship, not least because of its helpful exploitation of international relations theory…. In general this is a compelling and persuasive analysis of modern South African foreign policy. Ostensibly limiting itself to Mandela's world, Barber's analysis supplies useful insights into the policies pursued by his successor.”

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