Contextualising Apartheid at the End of Empire: Repression, ‘Development’ and the Bantustans

EVANS, Laura (2019). Contextualising Apartheid at the End of Empire: Repression, ‘Development’ and the Bantustans. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

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This article examines the global dynamics of late colonialism and how these informed South African apartheid. More specifically, it locates the programmes of mass relocation and bantustan ‘self-government’ that characterised apartheid after 1959 in relation to three key dimensions. Firstly, the article explores the global circulation of idioms of ‘development’ and trusteeship in the first half of the twentieth century and its significance in shaping segregationist policy; secondly, it situates bantustan ‘selfgovernment’ in relation to the history of decolonisation and the partitions and federations that emerged as late colonial solutions; and, thirdly, it locates the tightening of rural village planning in the bantustans after 1960 in relation to the elaboration of anti-colonial liberation struggles, repressive southern African settler politics and the Cold War. It argues that, far from developing policies that were at odds with the global ‘wind of change’, South African apartheid during the 1960s and 1970s reflected much that was characteristic about late colonial strategy.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies; History
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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 12:57
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 20:32

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