Jan Christian Smuts, the conscience of a South African /
Kenneth Ingham.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1986.
xii, 284 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports.
0312439970 :
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1986.
0312439970 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 269-272.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-12:
Smuts was a man of contradictions. He was a general and an intellectual in politics; an Afrikaner who believed in the British Empire; a South African nationalist who believed in the UN. To defenders of the British Commonwealth, he was a valued ally in two world wars; to militant Afrikaners he was a traitor to his own people; to Africans he was an uncertain friend; to white South African mineworkers a ``South African Cossack''-and so the list continues. Smuts was the subject of several distinguished biographies, foremost among them William Keith Hancock's Smuts: The Sanguine Years (Cambridge, 1962) and Smuts: The Field of Force (CH, Sep '68). Ingham (University of Bristol, UK) has already made his name in African history through standard works such as A History of East Africa (rev. ed., 1963). His approach to Smuts is conventional, in the sense of being a straightforward narrative of Smuts's life. The book is clear, succinct, and based on an extensive body of archival and published sources. For Ingham, Smuts's life work, despite its distinction, was ultimately flawed. ``Smuts's dream of the Whole, his philosophy of holism, was really only a philosophy of the part, the white part of society, and even then only that part which adhered to the traditional culture of Western Europe.'' Few will disagree. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-L.H. Gann, Hoover Institution
Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-10-15:
A British historian, previously known for studies of East Africa and India, has reexamined archival materials to add to the already sizable literature on the soldier and politician who was at the center of the South African stage for over half a century. Although Smuts (1870-1950), who was twice prime minister, foresaw race relations as an important issue for his country's future, his main concern was the unity of white South Africa and the future of Western civilization. Possibly more effective and comfortable abroad than at home, Smuts was one of the architects of the British Commonwealth and of the League of Nations. Recommended for research collections on Southern Africa, the Commonwealth, and 20th-century world politics. Elizabeth A. Widenmann, Columbia University Libs.
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