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Beyond the Border War. New perspectives on Southern Africa’s late-Cold War conflicts
Editors     Gary Baines & Peter Vale
Format     240 x 170mm (Laminated softcover)
Pages:     viii + 486   ISBN 13    978-1-86888-448-3
Publish year    2008   Rights        World rights.
SA price    R265,00 (VAT incl)  Other countries in Africa: R 273,00 (Airmail incl)
Rest of the world: US$43,00 (Airmail incl)  ₤25,00 (Airmail incl) €34,00 (Airmail incl)

In recent years little attention has been paid to South Africa's late Cold War conflicts and the memories of soldiers who fought in them. Combatants with the liberation movements have all but been forgotten or otherwise marginalised in the new political dispensation. But the recent controversy over the exclusion of the names of SADF soldiers from the Freedom Park memorial wall, together with the discovery of mass graves and questions about the treatment of detainees in SWAPO camps have raised public interest.
This volume offers new perspectives on the Border War through the paradigms of diplomatic and military history, cultural and literary studies, as well as victimology. Contributors to this volume have challenged the boundaries, broken the silences, even tackled some taboos about the war. They have put the Border War firmly back on the academic agenda thereby mirroring its place in the popular imagination.