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Keppel-Jones, Arthur

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1909-1996) South African-born historian and author, in Canada from 1959, whose When Smuts Goes: A History of South Africa from 1952 to 2010: First Published in 2015 (1947) takes a gloomy view of the future of that country, analysing the mind-set of white South Africans, who invoke "trek" and kraal metaphors to assert, in a clear denial of reality, that Black aspirations to self-government could be countered by a resolute pioneering spirit. In the novel, the Nationalist Party is elected (as happened earlier than he predicted) and espouses this delusional self-image, creating an apartheid-ridden Dystopia; and eventually falls. The book is a respectable contribution to the Future History genre. [JC]

see also: Politics.

Arthur Mervyn Keppel-Jones

born Rondebosch, South Africa: 20 January 1909

died Kingston, Ontario: February, 1996

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