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dc.contributor.authorMouton, F. A.
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-19T13:01:55Z
dc.date.available2016-07-19T13:01:55Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationMouton, F. A. (2011). "The good, the bad and the ugly": professional historians and political biography of South African parliamentary politics, 1910-1990. Journal for Contemporary History, 36(1), 57-74.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0285-2422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0509 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3381
dc.descriptionThis article is based on the author’s professorial inaugural lecture at the University of South Africa on 27 October 2009.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractBiography strengthens the historian’s attempts to decipher the behaviour of individuals and also provides a historical window on a certain era, contributing to our knowledge and understanding of the past. Biographical studies of those who were involved in parliamentary politics between 1910 and 1990, the prime ministers, presidents, cabinet ministers, party leaders, humble backbenchers and unsuccessful parliamentary candidates can help to explain why the white minority, after decades of acquiescing the abuse of South Africa’s limited democratic tradition, decided to peacefully surrender its political power. And yet, despite the proven value of political biography in the United States and Britain, the library shelves of South African universities are bare of biographies on pre-1990 parliamentary politicians by professional historians. This article explains the reasons for this dearth of biographies, as well as the reasons why it is essential for professional historians to write them and concludes with a recommendation on how such biographies should be written.en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was sponsored by the University of South Africa.en_ZA
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dc.publisherFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectBiographiesen_ZA
dc.subjectBiographical studiesen_ZA
dc.subjectPoliticiansen_ZA
dc.title"The good, the bad and the ugly": professional historians and political biography of South African parliamentary politics, 1910-1990en_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of the Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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