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Twentieth-Century South Africa
A Developmental History

  • Author: Bill Freund, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108446150


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  • The twentieth century has brought considerable political, social, and economic change for South Africa. While many would choose to focus only on the issues of race, segregation, and apartheid, this book tries to capture another facet: its drive towards modernisation and industrialisation. While considering the achievements and failures of that drive, as well as how it related to ethnic and racial policy making, Bill Freund makes the economic data come alive by highlighting people and places. He proposes that South Africa in the twentieth century can actually be understood as a nascent developmental state, with economic development acting as a key motivating factor. As a unique history of South Africa in the twentieth century, this will appeal to anyone interested in a new interpretation of modern South African economic development or those in development studies searching for striking historical examples.

    • Brings to the fore economic development as a key motivating factor in post-1940 South Africa
    • Shows how economic development can be involved with sustaining and extending inequality
    • Marries economic indicators with social history to bring back people and places to the realm of economic history
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    'Painstakingly researched, across detail and sweep of change, and authored by a leading scholar of African economic history, this volume is of profound significance not only for understanding the economic history of South Africa but also for the light shed on the contemporary unravelling in which the post-apartheid state finds itself.' Ben Fine, University of London

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108446150
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Twentieth-century South Africa: a developmental history
    2. The conflicted foundations of industrial policy
    3. Industrial development in South Africa up to World War II – some figures and some business history
    4. A (near) developmental state forms 1939–48
    5. The impact of Apartheid 1948–73
    6. The Parastatals ISCOR and SASOL
    7. Key institutions: the IDC, the CSIR, the HSRC
    8. The company towns of the Vaal Triangle
    9. Energy and the natural environment
    10. Developmentalism dismantled.

  • Author

    Bill Freund, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Bill Freund is Professor Emeritus of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. His previous books include The African Worker (Cambridge, 1988), The African City: A History (Cambridge, 2007) and The Making of Contemporary Africa (2016).

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