The ANC's War against Apartheid: Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Liberation of South Africa (Encounters)

October 31, 2020
The ANC's War against Apartheid: Umkhonto we Sizwe and the Liberation of South Africa (Encounters)

This study of the armed wing of the African NationalCongress also "contributes significantly toscholarship on liberation movements more broadly."—GaryBaines, author of South Africa's BorderWar For nearly three decades, the armed wing of theAfrican National Congress (ANC), known as Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK),waged a violent revolutionary struggle against the apartheid statein South Africa. Stephen Davis works with extensive oraltestimonies and the heroic myths that were constructed after 1994to offer a new history of this movement. Davis deftly addresses thehistories that reinforce the legitimacy of the ANC as a rulingparty, its longstanding entanglement with the South AfricanCommunist Party, and efforts to consolidate a single narrative ofstruggle and renewal in concrete museums and memorials. Davis showsthat the history of MK is more complicated and ambiguous thanprevious laudatory accounts would have us believe, and in doing sohe discloses the contradictions of the liberation struggle as wellas its political manifestations.