This study offers a fresh interpretation of the history of apartheid South Africa. The volume seeks to integrate studies of resistance with the analysis of political power, paying attention to the importance of ideas, institutions, and culture. Saul Dubow aims to refamiliarise as well as defamiliarise apartheid so as to approach South Africa's white supremacist past from unlikely perspectives. He asks not only why apartheid was defeated, but how it survived so
long. In doing so he neither presumes the rise of apartheid nor its demise.