Nelson Mandela

A Very Short Introduction

Boehmer, Elleke

eBook - 2008
Nelson Mandela
This book explores Nelson Mandela's personal development as well as his public activism, from his childhood as a member of the Thembu royal house through his emergence in the 1950s as a nationalist celebrity, his martyrdom in prison and, finally, his contemporary canonization as a transnational icon of liberal democracy. Though primarily a political biography which will concern itself with Mandela's role as an historical actor, this book also looks at the effects of political myth. Tom Lodge explored the different ways in which Nelson Mandela's life has been interpreted and the effects of his leadership on the making of modern South Africa, and, more generally, his importance as an exemplary modern day hero.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780192803016
Branch Call Number: Electronic Book
Characteristics: 204 p. :,ill., maps
Additional Contributors: ebrary
Alternate Title: Public Library Complete


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List - Multcolib Picks: Nelson Mandela by: multcolib Dec 06, 2013

Set within a biographical frame, this Very Short Introduction explores the reasons why Mandela's story is so important to us in the world at large today, and what his achievements signify.

"His given Xhosa name Rolihlahla signified he could be a troublemaker. His clan honorific Madiba associated him with his aristocratic Thembu lineage. And his European name Nelson, his best-known name, given by his primary school teacher, imprinted his life with the name of one of imperial Br... Read More »

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