Apartheid's Festival: Contesting South Africa's National by Leslie Witz

By Leslie Witz

Apartheid’s pageant highlights the conflicts and debates that surrounded the 1952 occasion of the three hundredth anniversary of the touchdown of Jan Van Riebeeck and the founding of Cape city, South Africa. occurring on the peak of the apartheid period, the competition used to be considered by way of many as a chance for the govt. to advertise its nationalist, separatist time table in grand model. Leslie Witz’s fine-grained exam of newspapers, brochures, pamphlets, and ads fabrics finds the expectancies of the competition planners in addition to how the pageant was once engineered, historic figures have been reconstructed, and the ANC and different anti-apartheid corporations fixed competition to it. whereas laying open the darker causes of the apartheid regime, Witz indicates that the creation of neighborhood background is a part of an international method solid via the fight among colonialism and resistance. Readers drawn to South Africa, representations of nationalism, and the making of public background will locate Apartheid’s competition to be an enormous learn of a society in transition.

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