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ing. The only pause for reflection comes from Dubow (52), who questions
the “golden age,” given its universalist assumptions and insularity. Since the
1990s, new histories have taken Dubow’s assertions further, developing a
critique of social history and explaining alternative ways of thinking about
history. Unfortunately much of this new history, challenging the conven-
tions of the 1980s, is missing from History Making and Present Day Politics.
The claims to range and inclusivity that Stolten makes for the volume are
very difficult to sustain.
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa
Nigel Worden. The Making of Modern South Africa: Conquest, Apartheid,
Democracy. 4th edition. Malden, Mass., Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Historical Asso-
ciation Studies series. xviii + 198 pp. Maps. Bibliography. Index.$30.00. Paper.
Peter Limb. Nelson Mandela: A Biography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press,
2008. Greenwood Biographies series. xvi + 144 pp. Time Line. Photographs. Notes.
Glossary. Selected Bibiography. Index. $35.00. Cloth.
Given the stereotypes on Africa pervasive in U.S. culture, scholarship on
Africa ought not be confined to “experts” or specialists in the field. In dif-
ferent ways, the two books under review remind us of the importance of
making African topics accessible to younger readers—and of the different
approaches to that goal. Written by a high school teacher of thirty-four
years experience teaching in Kenya and the U.S., this review considers two
recent works on South Africa intended for high school students.
Worden’s book is, indeed, an intelligent one-volume history of South
Africa. The tripartite subtitle, “Conquest, Apartheid, Democracy,” reveals
the conceptual organization of the content. The introduction alerts readers
to the focus and the bias of the book, although I’m not so sure that the gen-
eral reader needs to know about the travails of the historiography of South
Africa. Similarly the general reader might long for as much political history
as economic history. What this reader will appreciate is the focus and con-