History of the Anti-Apartheid Movement

by oneafrikan on March 30, 2005

A new book has been released on the Anti-Apartheid movement in Britain.

Details are as follows:

History of the Movement in Britain, 1959 – 1 994

by Roger Fieldhouse

Emeritus Professor Roger Fieldhouse is the author of A History of Modern British Adult Education and has published numerous books and articles on history and politics, mainly in the field of adult education.

The Old Apartheid regime is dead. Campaigns, including consumer, economic and sports boycotts, the arms embargo, financial blockages and the free Mandela campaign, had a massive impact helping to change consciousness and remould linkages between Britain and South Africa.

  1. This is a full length, and substantial history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement from birth to death and beyond.
  2. The first study drawing on AAM archives.
  3. It shows how things happened, it assesses AAM’s achievements and evaluates its impact and effectiveness.

Preface, Part I: The Beginning; Origins and antecedents;
1. origins, boycotts, formation of the AAM, Sharpeville;
2. Early years 1960 – 1964: political parties, links with the liberation movement in South Africa, Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 1960, campaigns, boycotts, sanctions, organisation,

Part II: Campaigns, Organisation and Politics;
3. Campaigning against apartheid: boycotts, sanctions, arms, material aid, prisoners, the free Mandela campaign, campaign plans for the 1990s;
4. The ‘unholy alliance’: High Commission Territories and the Bantustans, Rhodesia, South-West Africa, The Front-line states;
5. The British political dimension: Government policies under the Conservatives and Labour, 1959-64, 1964-70, 1970-74, 1974-79, 1979-90, AAM’s relationship with Government, parliamentary activity, relations with political parties, AAM and the ‘far-left’;
6. International relations: international work and co-operation, the Commonwealth, the UN, USA, the EEC and EU, into the 1990s;
7. Relations with the liberation movements in South Africa: the ANC, the PAC, the BCM, the UDF, Liberation movements in other parts of southern Africa, exile politics, the communist visage;
8. The national office;
9. Local, regional, professional and specialist groups: Local, Regional, student, youth, professional and specialist groups;
10. Relations with the churches, religious organisations and the local authorities,
11. Relations with the trade unions and other social movements: relations with the trade union movement, to 1968, TU structures 1968-1990, relationships 1968-79, the Thatcher years, local anti-apartheid groups’ involvement in trade union work, direct action, relations with the South African trade unions, AAM and the trade unions: a cautious alliance, relations with CND and others;
12. Information, Propaganda and Education: Education, research, conferences, media speakers, events, schools:
13. Winding down, 1990 – 1994: ‘The situation was changing quite rapidly’, new strategy, relations with the British Government, international activity, working with the ANC, planning the end;

Part III: Assessment;
14. Impossible mission: social movement, moral crusade and political pressure group: Ideology, tactics. political pressure group, support for the liberation movements, how effective was AAM overall?
15. Postscript: after apartheid: ACTSA and CCETSA, global forces, society since 1994, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Themba, Envoi;

Appendix 1. Major sources;
Appendix 2. Bibliography;
Appendix 3. Acronyms; Index.

Market: General, Undergraduate and Post-graduate; Student Reading List; Library
234x156mm; xiv+546pp, EU publication 13.12.2004

Hbk ISBN 0 85036 548 1 GB Pounds 50.00
Pbk ISBN 0 85036 549 X GB Pounds 20.00

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