Synopses & Reviews
"The Politics of Evil is a pathbreaking book, sure to generate discussion among historians of South Africa." History: Reviews of New Books"This innovative new book broadens South African political history in vital ways by allowing historical African ideas and practices to help determine what constitutes politics. The result is a vivid exploration of the cross-cultural production of an authoritarian colonial order. The value of The Politics of Evil lies in the [Clifton Crais's] determination to ground this rich political imagination in the dynamism of material life. Meticulously researched, convincingly argued, and engagingly written, The Politics of Evil will, no doubt, stand as a landmark study in South African history and the history of colonial politics more broadly." Julie Livingston, Rutgers University"[T]his is a compelling meditation on several of the key forces that shaped the history of South Africa's Eastern Cape--the Ciskei and the Transkei.... Highly recommended." Choice
The Politics of Evil offers a new way of understanding political history in South Africa. Crais explores the role of ideas in shaping political society throughout South Africa's history, and demonstrates how Africans understood and contested the evil of apartheid. He discusses colonialism, resistance and the challenges to creating democracy.
About the Author
CLIFTON CRAIS is Professor of History at Kenyon College, Ohio. He is the author of White Supremacy and Black Resistance in Pre-Industrial South Africa (CUP), co-editor with Nigel Worden of Breaking the Chains, and editor of and contributor to The Culture of Power in Southern Africa. He is also the author of the forthcoming book on the history of poverty: A Century of Sadness: Power and Poverty in South Africa.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. Cultures of Conquest: 1. The death of hope; 2. Ethnographies of State; 3. Rationalities and rule; Part II. States of Emergency: 4. Prophecies of nation; 5. Government acts; 6. Conflict in Qumbu; 7. Men of the mountain; 8. Flights of the lightning bird; Conclusion.