Ulrich van der Heyden

Der Dakar-Prozess.

Der Anfang vom Ende der Apartheid in Südafrika.

In the summer of 1987, representatives of the South African liberation organization ANC in exile met in Dakar with a group of “white” opposition members from South Africa around Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert. The goal of their meeting was to discuss possibilities for a dialogue between white and black South Africans in order to achieve a peaceful overcoming of apartheid.

With this book, Ulrich van der Heyden for the first time analyses the process started in Dakar which today is all but fogotten despite its historical significance. He examines the background and the course of the meeting in Dakar, the partly secret follow-up conferences as well as the results of the talks. In the appendix, important documents about the conferences in Dakar and Leverkusen can be found, some of which were never before published.

Van der Heyden shows that the discussions started in Dakar paved the way to a peaceful overcoming of apartheid, as they built trust und broke the cycle of violence.

Click here to read the review of this book in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of June 12, 2018. </center/>

In South Africa you can order the book either at Buchhandlung Naumann (Cape Town) or at Buchhandlung K & P Lohmiller (Johannesburg).

Solivagus Praeteritum

185 Pages, Softcover, Date of Publication: Spring 2018, Format: 14,8 x 21 cm

Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-947064-01-4
19.50 €

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South Africa / Apartheid Regime / Racial Segregation / Dakar Conference / African National Congress / Peace Process / Nelson Mandela / Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert

Peter Pauls: Wandel durch Annäherung. Wie der Frieden in Südafrika vorbereitet wurde. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 12. Juni 2018.

Daniel Lange: Rezension zu Ulrich van der Heyden: Der Dakar-Prozess. In: INDABA. Das SADOCC-Magazin für das Südliche Afrika 98/18, S. 27.

Henning Melber: Dakar als “kleine Geschichte”. Rezension zu Ulrich van der Heyden: Der Dakar-Prozess. In: afrika süd, Ausgabe März/April 2018, S. 41-42.

Hans-Joachim Vergau: Namibia-Lösung als “wesentlicher Faktor”. Stellungnahme zum Inhalt des Buches von Ulrich van der Heyden: Der Dakar-Prozess. In: afrika süd, Ausgabe März/April 2018, S. 42-43.

Peter Pauls: Als Leverkusen Geschichte schrieb. In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger vom 30. Mai 2018, S. 4.

Bernd Lemke: Besprechung für H-Soz-Kult, 24.09.2019, www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/reb-29001.


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Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Ulrich van der Heyden, born 1954 in Ueckermünde (East Germany), is a historian working mainly about African history and the history of Colonialism, as well as a political scientist with a focus on Africa. He is Visiting Professor at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, Private Lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institut for Political Science at the Freie Universität zu Berlin, and research associate at the Theological Faculty of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.


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