“Learning From Robben Island is an extraordinary selection of Mbeki’s essays written, for the most part, between the late 1970s and mid 1980s…. [It] bears testimony to the endurance of the human spirit, and, in Colin Bundy’s words, ‘marks a victory in the continuing contest between the pen and the sword.’”
The International Journal of African Historical Studies
“Students of history and politics will find this book a valuable reference…. On top of that, it gives better insight into life on Robben Island, showing that the struggle continued even within prison boundaries.”
In the late fifties and early sixties, Govan Mbeki was a central figure in the African National Congress and director of the ANC campaigns from underground. Born of a chief and the daughter of a Methodist minister in the Transkei of South Africa in 1910, he worked as a teacher, journalist, and tireless labor organizer in a lifetime of protest against the government policy of apartheid. Over two decades of imprisonment on Robben Island did not consign him to obscurity. Along with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, his name has become a symbol of resistance, not only to the oppressed people of South Africa, but also to the international community who have conferred on him many honors and awards.
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Sol Plaatje is one of South Africa’s most important political and literary figures. A pioneer in the history of the black press, he was one of the founders of the African National Congress, a leading spokesman for black opinion throughout his life, and the author of three well-known books: Mafeking Diary, Native Life in South Africa, and his historical novel, Mhudi.These books are not Plaatje’s only claim to fame.
How does the language of poetry conspire with the language of power? This question is at the heart of this volume which deals with Indonesia and the Philippines in the early modern and post-1945 periods. These two nations have been shaped by the forces of nationalism, revolution, and metropolitan hegemony. Whether written in Malay, Tagalog, English, or Dutch the writings coming from them carry the contradictions of their time and place in the milieu of race and class.
The London Missionary Society in Southern Africa, 1799–1999
Historical Essays in Celebration of the Bicentenary of the LMS in Southern Africa
Edited by John de Gruchy
Compiled to mark the bicentenary of the London Missionary Society in Southern Africa, this volume provides an assessment of the work and legacy of the Society, which played a critical role in the politics and societies of the subcontinent and whose leading figure—like David Livingstone, Robert Moffat, and John Philip—were major historical actors in their day.Contributors
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