Year of Fire, Year of Ash

The Soweto Revolt

Baruch Hirson

Year of Fire, Year of Ash

Baruch Hirson

Distributed for Zed Books

With an Introduction by Shula Marks
350 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783608966 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Decades after its original publication, Year of Fire, Year of Ash still stands as one of the leading accounts of the 1976-77 Soweto Revolt, one of the most significant acts of resistance in the history of the South African anti-apartheid movement. Written by Baruch Hirson, a South African activist and scholar who was intimately involved in the movement, the book provides an unparalleled insight into the origins and events of the uprising, from its antecedents in the early 1970s to its role in galvanizing the global struggle against apartheid.
 
Crucially, the book overturned the conventional logic about the uprising by showing that it was not simply a student protest, but a revolt by the wider black working class. As South Africa experiences a new wave of popular revolt, and as new forms of black consciousness arise in movements around the world, this new edition of Year of Fire, Year of Ash, updated with a new introduction, provides a timely reminder of the continued significance of the Soweto revolt to struggles against oppression today.
 
 
Contents
Tables and Maps
Foreword by Shula Marks
Abbreviations
 
Nineteen Seventy-Six by Oupa Thando Mthimkula
Introduction
 
PART I From School Strikes to Black Consciousness
l. The Black Schools: 1799–1954
2. Bantu Education: 1954–1976
3. The University Student Movements: 1960– 1969
4. Black Consciousness Politics: 1970–1974
5. Secondary Schools and the African School Movement
6. The Black Consciousness Movement: Ideology and Action
 
PART 2 Workers and Students on the Road to Revolt
7. Black Workers Set the Pace
8. The Strike Wave Spreads
9. State Repression and Political Revival: 1974–1976
10. The Soweto Revolt: June 1976
II. The Revolt Takes Shape
12. The Cape Province Explodes
13. New Tactics in the Revolt
14. The Revolt Winds Down
 
PART 3 Black Consciousness and the Struggle in S. Africa
15. Anatomy of the Revolt
16. Black Consciousness in South African History
 
A South African Glossary
When Did It Happen? A Chronology of Events
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
 
Review Quotes
International Affairs
“The author illuminates some key problems within, between and surrounding African movements and organizations resisting apartheid.”
Journal of South African Studies
“Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand better the particularity of South Africa in the 1970s.”
New Society
“An invaluable book. ”
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