ANC: A View from Moscow

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Dispelling many of the myths—some harmless, others malicious—surrounding the African National Congress (ANC) and their overthrowing of South Africa’s apartheid government in 1994, this historical account focuses on the relationship between the ANC and the communist party of the Soviet Union, which assisted this liberation movement. Told from the Soviet perspective, the information challenges many of the ideas being established about the ANC from within South Africa, a country that remains much divided today. An enlightening account that utilizes many primary sources never used before, this is a valuable contribution to the tiny but growing historiography of the ANC and the South African liberation movement.
This title describes the history of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa in the three decades following its banning. There are many myths surrounding the ANC: some of them are harmless, the product of enthusiastic supporters; others are malicious, disseminated by those in South Africa abroad who did their best to prevent the victory of the ANC and still cannot accept that victory as a reality. The belief is that the comprehensive history of the ANC should and will be written by South Africans. However, of non-South African historians, it is perhaps Soviet Russian scholars who are best placed to undertake such a study. This is because of the multifaceted relationship that developed between Moscow and the South African liberation movement. Inevitably, that relationship occupies a significant place in this title. *Front cover corners curling slightly*
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AuthorVladimir Shubin
PublisherJacana Media
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