Free Textbooks Bridge Over Blood River: The Rise and Fall of the Afrikaners eBook: Kajsa Norman: Kindle Store By Kajsa Norman –

Nelson Mandela Is Dead And His Dream Of A Rainbow Nation In South Africa Is Fading Twenty Years After The Fall Of Apartheid The White Afrikaner Minority Fears Cultural Extinction How Far Are They Prepared To Go To Survive As A People Kajsa Norman S Book Traces The War For Control Of South Africa, Its People, And Its History, Over A Series Of December Ths, From The Battle Of Blood River In To Its Commemoration In Weaving Between The Past And The Present, The Book Highlights How Years Of Fear, Nationalism, And Social Engineering Have Left The Modern Afrikaner Struggling For Identity And RelevanceNorman Spends Time With Residents Of The Breakaway Republic Of Orania, Where A Thousand Afrikaners Are Working To Construct A White African Utopia Citing Their Desire To Preserve Their Language And Traditions, They Have Sequestered Themselves In An Isolated Part Of The Arid Karoo Region Here, They Can Still Dictate The Rules And Create A Homeland With Its Own Flag, Currency And Ideology For A Europe That Faces Growing Nationalism, Their Story Is Relevant Than Ever How Do People React When They Believe Their Cultural Identity Is Under Threat Bridge Over Blood River S Haunting And Subversive Evocation Of South Africa S Racial Politics Provides Some Unsettling Answers

5 thoughts on “Bridge Over Blood River: The Rise and Fall of the Afrikaners eBook: Kajsa Norman: Kindle Store

  1. says:

    I knew little about this subject before reading though was somewhat prejudiced regarding Afrikaners likely as a result of years of ingesting the usual media narrative I think that this book helped me understand some of the culture and mindset of Afrikaners It was well written on the whole and easy to read and follow.I m not sure that I got any than one facet though of the Afrikaner story as most of those the author interacted with appeared to be on the margins of their society and a diverse population may have been helpful.

  2. says:

    The book interleaves key moments of the history of Afrikaners with contemporary reports, often involving courageous investgations by the author This gives facinating insights into the situation of Afrikaners in South Africa that sometimes apply beyond The only thing that maybe sits a little odd are the author s conclusions on how Afrikaners should adapt Overall a great read.

  3. says:

    Sympathetic description of Afrikaners and the history of Afrikaans nationalism I was impressed by her neutrality and dispassionate commentary on hot topics such as Orania My frustration was that Afrikaners were the sole voice in this book, as if they exist in a vacuum apart from all other groups in South Africa Zero mention or interviews with English South Africans, Asians and Coloureds, made the whole thesis limited to me Solid and well written, but if you really want to understand Afrikanerdom read Antjie Krog or Rian Malan.

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book as an engaging and concise introduction to the history and present day issues of South Africa The author does a great amount of journalistic and daredevil fieldwork, meeting interesting characters who provide juicy opinions from various sides to the historic events The present day adventures are placed in context with relevant bits of South African history, including fascinating topics which are typically not covered poor whites during Apartheid contradicting the notion of racial superiority promoted by the Gov t , Orania the town where white people could fill all roles in society, the place of Afrikaners in South African history, the commonality of rape and corruption among political leaders, disputes over naming places, etc A wonderful, informative and adventuresome read

  5. says:

    wonderful book, when it comes out in paper back I will be buying copies for freiends