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Gordian Knot: Apartheid and the Unmaking of the Liberal World Order

Ryan M. Irwin

Abstract

Writing more than one hundred years ago, African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois speculated that the great dilemma of the twentieth century would be the problem of “the color line.” Nowhere was the dilemma of racial discrimination more entrenched—and more complex—than South Africa. This book looks at South Africa’s freedom struggle in the years surrounding African decolonization, and it uses the global apartheid debate to explore the way new nation-states changed the international community during the mid-twentieth century. At the highpoint of decolonization, South Africa’s problems shaped a t ... More

Keywords: Apartheid, decolonization, U.S. foreign relations, South Africa, Africa, United Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199855612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199855612.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan M. Irwin, author
International Security Studies, Yale University

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