Historical Debates and Political Analysis

  • Anthony Butler


In this chapter, I build on the periodization of chapter 2 to assess the weaknesses and strengths, from the perspective of political analysis, of the existing academic literature on South Africa and its history. South Africa possesses one of the world’s richest traditions of English language historical analysis. I begin by exploring the roots of this strength and then go on to contrast it with the weakness of political science.


Comparative Politics Political Analysis Historical Debate Historical Writing South African Society 
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  • Anthony Butler
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK

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