Born and raised in South Africa, Dan O’Meara holds degrees from the universities of the Witwatersrand and Sussex. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Volkskapitalisme, and coauthor of The Struggle for South Africa as well as The Kingdom of Swaziland. He has taught at universities in South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Canada. Currently on the faculty of the political science department at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, he is the cofounder and director of the Canadian Research Consortium on Southern Africa.
Forty Lost Years is a penetrating analysis of the rise and demise of the National Party’s long and violent rule in South Africa. Building on the author’s earlier study of Afrikaner nationalism (Volkskapitalisme), this pioneering new work is the first attempt to explain the ongoing conflicts inside the National Party in the context of the broader political struggles in and around the apartheid state.This