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The Afrikaners: a Biography | History: Specific Subjects

Hermann Giliomee

Stals Prize for History Sciences (2004)
Recht Malan Prize for Non-Fiction (2004)


The bestselling narrative history of a group often despised, but never before so well understood. Hermann Giliomee tells their dramatic and compelling story – of contradictory leanings towards freedom and oppression – in highly readable narrative.

Revised and updated, this new edition includes a chapter on the often fraught relationship between Afrikaners and the ANC in power, with an analysis of why Afrikaners relinquished power so easily, and how they, along with other minorities, are increasingly resisting ANC efforts to undermine the Constitution. Giliomee also examines the wildly divergent reactions of Afrikaners to President Zuma and his attempts to woo them.

“Honest historians tread with the greatest of care, with the sharpest of eyes, the keenest of hearing. There can be no more experienced or honest guide than Hermann Giliomee.” – Charles van Onselen

“All previous attempts to grasp the complexity of Afrikaner history pales into insignificance when compared to Giliomee’s monumental work.” – Times Literary Supplement

“A stunning achievement” – Athol Fugard

“Definitive” --Time Magazine

“Giliomee is level-headed, independent-minded and wholly unafraid to take on even the most difficult questions.” – RW Johnson

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The Afrikaners: a Biography | History: Specific Subjects


Author: Hermann Giliomee
Category: History: Specific Subjects
ISBN: 9780624048237
Date Released: 04 August 2009
Price (incl. VAT): R 550.00
Format: 752pp, Softcover with flaps

About this author

Hermann Giliomee


Hermann Buhr Giliomee was born in Sterkstroom in the Eastern Cape on April 4, 1938. He went to school in Porterville and studied history at the University of...