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South Africa from Origins to Present in Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs’ Encyclopedia of South Africa

Encyclopedia of South AfricaEdited by Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs, the Encyclopedia of South Africa is an authoritative, comprehensive reference work which covers South Africa’s history, government and politics, law, society and culture, economy and infrastructure, demography, environment, and more, from the era of human origins to the present.

Nearly 300 alphabetically arranged entries provide information in a concise yet thorough way. In addition, a series of appendixes present a wealth of data, including: a chronology of key events, major racial and apartheid legislation since 1856, heads of state (with party affiliation) since 1910, provinces and major cities, government structures, and current political parties and representation in parliament. Photographs enhance the text.

Members of the encyclopedia’s International Advisory Board are R Hunt Davis, Jr, Sandra Klopper, Shula Marks, Dominique Malaquais, Barney Pityana, Zine Magubane, and Peter Limb.

“Contributors present concise and pertinent information needed to understand and study a country that has undergone tremendous changes from its struggles with colonization, apartheid, independence, and post-independence…Highly recommended.” – Choice

“The Encyclopedia of South Africa offers a well-rounded overview of the country – its history and politics, as well as social and cultural phenomena – in all of its diversity and complexity…It is a strong contribution to the field.” – Marion Frank-Wilson, Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University

About the editors

Krista Johnson started her studies in South Africa and now holds a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She currently holds the post of assistant professor of African studies at Howard University.

Sean Jacobs, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, holds a PhD in Politics from the University of London and a MA in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is currently assistant professor of international affairs at The New School. He is co-editor of Thabo Mbeki’s World (Co-published by UKZN Press and Zed Books, 2002).

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