The history of South Africa is a story of empires, greed, war and corruption, but also one of heroism and hope. This lecture explores events in South Africa–from the arrival of the first Dutch settlers in 1652, up to the present day. The colonists, known as the Boers, and natives were soon at war with one another, setting the stage for centuries of conflict. The history of South Africa was further complicated in the late 1700s when the British Empire sought to take control of the area, whilst at the same time the Zulu Kingdom forged a mighty empire in the eastern part of the country. The 1800s would be defined by power struggles between the British, Boers and Zulus that ultimately led to apartheid rule in the 20th century. Yet, hope emerged from this dark period in the form of Nelson Mandela, who against all odds welded together a democratic “Rainbow Nation” that endures to the present day.
A History of South Africa, by Leonard Thompson
The Washing of the Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation, by Donald R. Morris
The Boer War 1899 – 1902, by Thomas Pakenham
History of South Africa: 1902 to the Present, by Thula Simpson