Publication of British government papers on Apartheid-era South Africa (1948-1980) now complete

Posted: March 04, 2015

Adam Matthew has announced the publication of the final section of Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1980, marking the completion of this digital collection of previously restricted British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices.

These letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activists’ biographies and first-hand accounts of events give unprecedented access to the history of South Africa’s apartheid regime. From the notorious Rivonia Trial, which saw Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the Africa National Congress imprisoned for life, to destabilisation of the apartheid system under President P. W. Botha.

The files explore the relationship of the international community with South Africa and chart increasing civil unrest against a backdrop of waning colonialism in Africa and mounting world condemnation.

Colin Bundy, consultant editor, former Director and Principal of SOAS and current Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford commented:

“The release of this archival material shines a fascinating light into how the relationship between South Africa, Britain, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world was perceived and managed.”

Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1980 is published in three sections (1948-1966; 1967-1975 and 1976-1980) all of which are available now.

Adam Matthew will hold a free 30-minute webinar exploring this collection. To register click here.
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