Category Archives: South Africa

Film review: Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

If you don’t know what to do this week-end, go and watch Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. It’s really worth it! I have just written a review for the official website of BBC History Magazine, Vincent Hiribarren Advertisements

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Anti-Apartheid in Exile: Digital Humanities and Oral History

It’s launch day for Anti-Apartheid In Exile: Alfred Hutchinson’s Road to Ghana ! Over the last few months Nicholas Grant and I have been developing this interactive online map to tell the story of the ANC activist Alfred Hutchinson, who in 1958 illegally left apartheid … Continue reading

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Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World

As Andrew Feinstein admitted in the packed former LUCAS library at 4pm on the 6th March 2013, it is hard to compress 500+ pages and 3000+ references of his latest book, The Shadow World, into 45 minutes.  It is harder … Continue reading

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A missed opportunity to explore contemporary memory of apartheid

Dr Jonny Steinberg presented his paper ‘High Modernist statecraft under Verwoerd’ in the Imperial and Colonial Seminar held at the University of Leeds on the 21st November 2012.  The inspiration for this paper came from a closed-door think tank meeting … Continue reading

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Review of the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project

I have recently taught a History course about Nelson Mandela at the University of Leeds. Along with my students, we have analysed Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom in class and during one of our seminars, we have … Continue reading

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Facing the facts

African history has often been overlooked by the general public, with perceptions of the continent being ravaged by famine, Aids, tribal conflict and many other negative connotations. At times this lead to donations to various charities but is quickly forgotten. … Continue reading

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ANC Centenary: Are you in South Africa?

perspectivesonafrica would love to hear from anyone with a view on the ANC celebrations yesterday: Are you an ANC supporter? Did you attend? What was the event like? Are you proud of the last hundred years of ANC history? How … Continue reading

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