Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980

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Apartheid South Africa is a collection of digitized British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices dating from 1948 to 1980.

This collection, beginning with the election of the National Party in 1948 and its institutionalization of racial segregation, documents the history of the apartheid era and the international community’s response to it. There are three sections, which are divided by chronological period:

  • Section I: 1948-1966
  • Section II: 1967-1975
  • Section III: 1976-1980

Material types include dispatches; biographies; reports; meeting minutes; letters; telegrams; maps; political, economic, and military analyses; newspaper cuttings, translations, and transcriptions; and handwritten embassy notes.


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Date Coverage

  • 1948-1980

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