By Leslie Witz
Apartheid’s pageant highlights the conflicts and debates that surrounded the 1952 social gathering of the three hundredth anniversary of the touchdown of Jan Van Riebeeck and the founding of Cape city, South Africa. happening on the peak of the apartheid period, the pageant was once seen through many as a chance for the govt to advertise its nationalist, separatist schedule in grand type. Leslie Witz’s fine-grained exam of newspapers, brochures, pamphlets, and advertisements fabrics unearths the expectancies of the pageant planners in addition to how the pageant was once engineered, old figures have been reconstructed, and the ANC and different anti-apartheid companies fixed competition to it. whereas laying open the darker factors of the apartheid regime, Witz exhibits that the construction of neighborhood heritage is a part of an international method cast by means of the fight among colonialism and resistance. Readers attracted to South Africa, representations of nationalism, and the making of public background will locate Apartheid’s pageant to be a big examine of a society in transition.
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