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Hermann Giliomee

Biographical info

Hermann Buhr Giliomee was born in Sterkstroom in the Eastern Cape on April 4, 1938. He went to school in Porterville and studied history at the University of Stellenbosch.

He subsequently worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and lectured at the University of Stellenbosch. From 1983 to 1998 he was Professor in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. From 1995 to 1997 he was president of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He is currently an extraordinary professor and research associate of the Department of History at the University of Stellenbosch.

Hermann Giliomee is the writer of various historical and political publications. In 2003 The Afrikaners – Biography of a People was published. It was also published in America and England. A year later Die Afrikaners: ’n Biografie was published. In 2008 he received the Helgaard Steyn Prize for Literature for Die Afrikaners. Nuwe geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika and New History of South Africa were published in 2007. It was co-written with the historian Bernard Mbenga.

Did you know?

 •  In 1984 Hermann Giliomee was co-founder of Die Suid-Afrikaan, an Afrikaans magazine of opinions. In the 1980s he was a regular columnist for the Rand Daily Mail and the Cape Times.
 •  He was an associate at Yale University in the USA (in the 1970s), Cambridge University (1982-1983), and the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington D.C. (1992-1993).
   

Author bookshelf

Die laaste Afrikanerleiers (English: The Last Afrikaner Leaders), Tafelberg (2012)
Nuwe geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika
(met Bernard Mbenga), Tafelberg (2007)
New History of South Africa (met Bernard Mbenga), Tafelberg (2007)
Die Afrikaners: ’n Biografie, Tafelberg (2004)
The Afrikaners – Biography of a People, Tafelberg (2003)

Awards

Stals Prize for Political Sciences (2001)
Stals Prize for History Sciences (2004) – The Afrikaners
Recht Malan Prize for Non-Fiction (2004) – The Afrikaners
Helgaard Steyn Prize for Literature (2008) – Die Afrikaners

List of titles

Non-fiction
1975 Die Kaap tydens die eerste Britse bewind: 1795-1803, HAUM
1979 Ethnic Power Mobilized – Can South Africa change? (with Heribert Adam), Yale University Press
1982 The Parting of the Ways: South African Politics 1976-82, David Philip
1985 Up Against the Fences (with Lawrence Schlemmer), Palgrave Macmillan
1988 The Shaping of South African Society, 1652-1840 Wesleyan University Press
1989 From Apartheid to Nation-building (with Lawrence Schlemmer), Oxford University Press
1989 Negotiating South Africa’s Future (with Lawrence Shlemmer), Palgrave Macmillan
1990 ’n Samelewing in wording: Suid-Afrika, 1652-1840, Maskew Miller Longman
1994 The Bold Experiment (with Lawrence Shlemmer and Sarita Hauptfleish), Southern
1999 The Awkward Embrace (with Charles Simkins), Routledge
2001 Kruispad, Tafelberg
2003 The Afrikaners – Biography of a People, Tafelberg
2004 Die Afrikaners: ’n Biografie, Tafelberg
2006 ’n Vaste plek vir Afrikaans (with Lawrence Schlemmer), Protea Boekhuis
2007 Nog altyd hier gewees, Tafelberg
2007 Nuwe geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika (with Bernard Mbenga), Tafelberg
2007 New History of South Africa (with Bernard Mbenga), Tafelberg
2012 Die laaste Afrikanerleiers, (English: The Last Afrikaner Leaders), Tafelberg

Reviews

“Suffice to say that the content is comprehensive and reflects a more balanced version of the South African story than has been published. It is beautifully illustrated with rare photographs and illustrations and written in an easy-to-follow style.

This is a book that should not only be prescribed for all South African learners, often disillusioned with the enormity of their country’s past and encouraged to opt for science or mathematical training, but should also be read by every South African adult to comprehend our unique heritage. New History of South Africa is an impressive body of work that will contribute immensely to our hampered knowledge of ourselves and the people with whom we share this country.” – Adriaan Basson, Mail & Guardian (2008)

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