MANDELA'S KINSMEN, nationalist elites & apartheid's first Bantustan

: Gibbs (T.)

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208pp., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2014


Published in the UK and USA in 2014.

A study of the fraught relationships between the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) and their relatives who ruled apartheid's foremost Bantustan, the Transkei.

"The old Transkei has long been considered a forlorn, barely relevant entity at the margins of South African history, a world of corrupted Bantustan bureaucrats and poor peasants. Tim Gibbs gently upends this myth, persuading us that we cannot understand contemporary South Africa until we come to terms with the importance of its 'hinterland'. This book is bound to make you think about South Africa and the forces that have shaped it in ways you haven't considered before." Jonny Steinberg, Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford University

"In this boldly revisionist account Tim Gibbs...reconnects South Africa to the study of African nationalism more generally." John Lonsdale, Emeritus Professor of Modern African History, University of Cambridge

Timothy Gibbs is a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Research Associate in the NRF Chair of Local History at the University of the Witwatersrand.