Spear of the Nation: Umkhonto weSizwe

South Africa’s Liberation Army, 1960s–1990s

By Janet Cherry

Umkhonto weSizwe, Spear of the Nation, was arguably the last of the great liberation armies of the twentieth century—but it never got to “march triumphant into Pretoria.” MK—as it was known—was the armed wing of the African National Congress, South Africa’s liberation movement, that challenged the South African apartheid government.

Authors, Editors, and other Contributors

Thomas Spear received his doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.…