BOOK REVIEW | A Brief History of South Africa


From the Earliest Times to the Mandela Presidency

By John Pampallis and Maryke Bailey

A Brief History of South Africa is an introduction to South African history from the earliest times to the Mandela Presidency. Using both a narrative chronology and thematic chapters, the book encourages critical thinking about how history shaped South Africa.

The basic facts for the general reader

While presenting an account of colonisation and the policies of successive governments, A Brief History portrays the resistance to colonisation, segregation and apartheid, including the role of political, social and trade union movements.

A Brief History does not aim to be comprehensive, but rather provides the basic facts for the general reader. The book can also act as a study guide for both formal and non-formal adult education. Equally important, A Brief History can be used to strengthen history teaching in schools.

The book provides history teachers with the opportunity to expand their own knowledge, especially if they do not have a history qualification. Each chapter points readers to a range of further readings with a variety of historical interpretations, and provides questions for group discussion.

About the author

John Pampallis is a long-time liberation movement activist. He was a History teacher at the ANC’s Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, an education policy researcher and Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education.

Maryke Bailey is a History teacher with diverse experiences in resource creation and teacher development. She is currently the HOD of Cognitive Education at Roedean School (SA).

  • PUBLISHER | Jacana Media |
  • ISBN | 9781928232957
  • Recommended Retail Price | R240.00 |
  • Classification | History, Viewpoint |



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