“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.’”
Philip Steenkamp, 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.”
“South Africa has jailed so many gifted men and women that there already exists a sizeable body of prison writing…The essays by Govan Mbeki which comprise this book add to this distinguished list. Yet they differ in important respects from all others: they were written, circulated and preserved in prison. They were never intended for publication but to be read by other prisoners; their aim is not to share an experience but to educate politically. They are remarkable documents.
“They offer historians and political scientists valuable raw material for any study of the ANC-SACP alliance. They provide activists with a distillation of practical lessons about political organisation, learned in the most testing conditions. They include extended historical, political and economic analyses that must be read alongside Mbeki's other writings in any assessment of the intellectual history of the South African left. And they are pages in a truly international literature — a record throughout the ages of the creativity and indomitability of people imprisoned for their beliefs. These prison essays mark a victory in the continuing contest between the pen and the sword.”
— Professor Colin Bundy in his introduction
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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.