[Marxism] New books from Merlin Press

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ANTI-APARTHEID: A History of the Movement in Britain, 1959-1994

Roger Fieldhouse
Emeritus Professor Roger Fieldhouse is the author of A History of Modern
British Adult Education and has published numerous books and articles on
history and politics, mainly in the field of adult education.

The Old Apartheid regime is dead.  Campaigns, including consumer, economic
and sports boycotts, the arms embargo, financial blockages and the free
Mandela campaign, had a massive impact helping to change consciousness and
remould linkages between Britain and South Africa.

·        This is a full length, and substantial history of the
Anti-Apartheid Movement from birth to death and beyond.

·        The first study drawing on AAM archives.

·        It shows how things happened, it assesses AAM's achievements and
evaluates its impact and effectiveness.

CONTENTS: Preface, Part I: The Beginning; Origins and antecedents; 1.
origins, boycotts, formation of the AAM, Sharpeville; 2. Early years  1960 -
1964: political parties, links with the liberation movement in South Africa,
Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference, 1960, campaigns, boycotts,
sanctions, organisation, Part II: Campaigns, Organisation and Politics; 3.
Campaigning against apartheid: boycotts, sanctions, arms, material aid,
prisoners, the free Mandela campaign, campaign plans for the 1990s; 4. The
'unholy alliance': High Commission Territories and the Bantustans, Rhodesia,
South-West Africa, The Front-line states; 5. The British political
dimension: Government policies under the Conservatives and Labour, 1959-64,
1964-70, 1970-74, 1974-79, 1979-90, AAM's relationship with Government,
parliamentary activity, relations with political parties, AAM and the
'far-left'; 6. International relations: international work and co-operation,
the Commonwealth, the UN, USA, the EEC and EU, into the 1990s; 7. Relations
with the liberation movements in South Africa: the ANC, the PAC, the BCM,
the UDF, Liberation movements in other parts of southern Africa, exile
politics, the communist visage; 8. The national office; 9. Local, regional,
professional and specialist groups: Local, Regional, student, youth,
professional and specialist groups; 10. Relations with the churches,
religious organisations and the local authorities, 11. Relations with the
trade unions and other social movements: relations with the trade union
movement, to 1968, TU structures 1968-1990, relationships 1968-79, the
Thatcher years, local anti-apartheid groups' involvement in trade union
work, direct action, relations with the South African trade unions, AAM and
the trade unions: a cautious alliance, relations with CND and others; 12.
Information, Propaganda and Education: Education, research, conferences,
media speakers, events, schools: 13. Winding down, 1990 - 1994: 'The
situation was changing quite rapidly', new strategy, relations with the
British Government, international activity, working with the ANC, planning
the end; Part III:  Assessment; 14. Impossible mission: social movement,
moral crusade and political pressure group: Ideology, tactics. political
pressure group, support for the liberation movements, how effective was AAM
overall? 15. Postscript: after apartheid: ACTSA and CCETSA, global forces,
society since 1994, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Themba, Envoi; Appendix 1. Major
sources; Appendix 2. Bibliography; Appendix 3. Acronyms; Index.

xiv+546pp,  234x156mm;
Pbk  ISBN 0 85036 549 X    GB Pounds 20.00      [Hbk  ISBN 0 85036 548 1
GB Pounds 50.00]
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  TALK LEFT WALK RIGHT:
  South Africa's Frustrated Global Reforms

Patrick Bond
Patrick Bond, a political economist, is Associate Professor at the
University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public and Development
Management, Johannesburg.

with illustrations by Zapiro

Is the South African government of Thabo Mbeki genuinely opposed to 'global
apartheid' -misery for the masses in the South?

Have reforms advocated by Pretoria failed- even within their own limited
terms?

Mbeki's critics, from left and right alike, suggest that his AIDS policies,
corrupt arms deal and support for Zimbabwe's repressive regime have damaged
his credibility. Others claim Mbeki's global ambition is his saving grace.

The content of Pretoria's rarely examined broader reform strategy is
examined. Between incomparable cartoons by Zapiro, Bond considers
  the dynamics of international political economy and geopolitics. He reviews
a series of contemporary examples where Pretoria is frustrated by
unfavourable power relations: US unilateralism and militarism, the UN's
World Conference Against Racism and reparations for apartheid profits,
soured trade deals, stingy debt relief and counterproductive international
financial flows, unsuccessful reform of multilateral institutions, the New
Partnership for Africa's Development, the Johannesburg World Summit on
Sustainable Development and the World Water Forum.

This Book
·          assesses strengths and weaknesses of  progressive social
movements
·         poses alternatives

Contents: Preface; PART ONE: CONTEXT: Introduction: Against global
apartheid? Global-local power relations: Ideology, image and war games; PART
TWO: ISSUES AND EVENTS: Racism talk-shop, reparations sabotage: From
reconciliation to amnesia, Pretoria's trade off: Splitting Africa for the
WTO, Washington renamed: A 'Monterrey Consensus' on global finance, NEPAD
neutered: Tragedy or joke? The 'W$$D': Pretoria meets its match, Water wars:
 >From Johannesburg to Kyoto and back; PART THREE: POLITICAL ANALYSIS,
STRATEGY AND ALLIANCES: Pretoria talk: Exhausted Leninism and the 'ultraleft
' Analysing Washington's agenda: Are there anti-imperial options? Movement
strategy: To abolish, not polish, global apartheid, References, Index.

230x 150mm xviii+266pp, 3 tables, 9 figures, Notes, 40 cartoons.
0 85036 558 9   GB Pounds 14.95 Pbk
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HISTORIES OF NAMIBIA: Living Through The Liberation Struggle

Life histories told to Colin Leys and Susan Brown
Colin Leys is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Queen's University
in Kingston, Ontario, Susan Brown has been a reporter on Southern Africa for
many years: she lives in Cape Town

When Namibia gained its independence in 1990 after 23 years of war, most of
the Ten Namibians whose life histories make up this book were in their
mid-thirties. To that point their whole adult lives had been lived in the
struggle, more than half of them in exile. Few of them owned anything. Most
had endured hardship, hunger, sickness and fear, and witnessed terrible
cruelty and suffering. All had lost family members or friends. Yet their
outlook was triumphant and optimistic and their stories are full of
enthusiasm, energy, determination and purpose. When you read their stories
you are not surprised that most of these people have since become well known
in their chosen fields. Yet back in 1990 most of them were not well known.
They just happened to be people we came to know and like in the course of
our work (Brown as a journalist and development consultant, Leys as a social
science researcher) and whom we asked if they would tell us their stories.
They tell how a whole generation matured in the struggle, becoming skilled,
disciplined, cosmopolitan and tough.

Contents:
Preface, Introduction,
Zhu Mbako                               Diamonds and Supermarkets  -
Surviving inside Namibia
Ben Mulongeni                         With SWAPO in exile - Zambia and
Bulgaria
Petronella Coetzee                    The Many Educations of a Namibian
Activist
Veikko Munika                         The North under South African military
occupation
Johannes 'Mistake' Gaomab    With the People's Liberation Army of Namibia in
Angola
Ilona Amakutuwa                     With SWAPO in exile - Angola
Andre Strauss                            Urban resistance inside Namibia
Paul Vleermuis                         Rural resistance inside Namibia
Phil Ya Nangoloh                     A Foreign Education - Angola, Russia,
USA
Lindi Kazombaue                      Inside Namibia - Women's Liberation and
National Liberation
Kenneth Abrahams                    A Doctor in the struggle at Home and in
Exile
Notes, map.

234x157mm  map    viii+165pp  0 85036 499 X
GB POUNDS  14.95 Pbk



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