SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

BOOK LAUNCH: Twentieth-Century South Africa: A Developmental History, by Bill Freund

Professor Bill Freund (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Date: 3 December 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 3 December 2018Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Room 116, Main Building

Type of Event: Book Launch

Speaker: Professor Bill Freund  (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) 

Chair: Dr Matteo Rizzo (SOAS)

Discussants: Professor Ben Fine (SOAS)

The twentieth century has brought considerable political, social, and economic change for South Africa. While many would choose to focus only on the issues of race, segregation, and apartheid, this book tries to capture another facet: its drive towards modernisation and industrialisation. While considering the achievements and failures of that drive, as well as how it related to ethnic and racial policy making, Bill Freund makes the economic data come alive by highlighting people and places. He proposes that South Africa in the twentieth century can actually be understood as a nascent developmental state, with economic development acting as a key motivating factor. As a unique history of South Africa in the twentieth century, this will appeal to anyone interested in a new interpretation of modern South African economic development or those in development studies searching for striking historical examples.’

About the Author:

Bill Freund is Professor Emeritus of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. His previous books include The African Worker (Cambridge, 1988), The African City: A History (Cambridge, 2007) and The Making of Contemporary Africa (2016).