The Global Antiapartheid Movement, 1946–1994
The Global Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1946-1994
On the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s first free elections, this issue of Radical History Review revisits the struggle against apartheid from a transnational perspective.
Reflections John Saul offers his retrospective view of the South African liberation struggle, concluding that it is not over yet. Alex Lichtenstein interviews Sietse Bosgra, a central figure in the Dutch anti-apartheid movement.
Features Teresa Barnes uncovers the tensions between the US reproductive rights movement and the gender politics of the Zimbabwean revolution. Nicholas Grant explores the dynamics of Black transatlantic activism through the lives of Sidney Poitier, Canada Lee, and Z.K. and Frieda Matthews. Scott Laderman looks at sports boycotts against South Africa and the history of surfing. Jerry Dávila considers the intersection of anti-racism and anti-apartheid in the shifting politics of Brazil during the transition from dictatorship to democracy. And Olivia Greene looks at the ANC’s efforts to pre-figure a human rights culture based on international law while carrying on an armed struggle.
Archives and Public History Peter Limb, Richard Knight, and Christine Root provide a comprehensive global tour of the widely dispersed archival collections that make writing an international history of anti-apartheid movements possible. Sarah Melton takes us to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, where she examines the potential dissonance between public presentation of the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements.
Curated Spaces Heike Hartmann and Susann Lewerenz compare the visual discourse of German anti-apartheid poster art on the two sides of the Berlin Wall.
Teaching Radical History William H. Chafe reviews “RFK in the Land of Apartheid.” Lauren Kientz Anderson describes her seminar on the global anti-apartheid movement, which uses the documentary film series, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg.”
Historiography and (Re)Views Rob Skinner sketches the history and historiography of radical anti-apartheid scholarship in Great Britain. Peter Limb reviews Robert Vinson’s transnational study of the spread of Garveyism in South Africa; Piero Gleijeses reviews Ryan Irwin’s new book on anti-apartheid and the Cold War; while Dilip Menon and Antoinette Burton debate Afro-Asian solidarities in the shadow of Bandung.