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Viewing ‘the other’ over a hundred and a score more years: South Africa and Russia (1890–2010)

I Liebenberg
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 6, No 2 | a265 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v6i2.265 | © 2010 I Liebenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 March 2016 | Published: 30 March 2010

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I Liebenberg, Centre for Military Studies, Military Academy; Department of Political Science, Faculty of Military Science, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

Whether novel is history or history is novel, is a tantalising point. “The novel is no longer a work, a thing to make las t, to connect the pas t with the future but (only) one current event among many, a ges ture with no tomorrow” Kundera (1988:19). One does not have to agree with Kundera to find that social sciences , as his toriography holds a s tory, a human narrative to be shared when focused on a case or cases. In this case, relations between peoples over more than a century are discussed. At the same time, what is known as broader casing in qualitative studies enters the picture. The relations between the governments and the peoples of South Africa and Russia ( including the Soviet Union), sometimes in conflict or peace and sometimes at variance are discussed. Past and present communalities and differences between two national entities within a changing international or global context deserve attention while moments of auto-ethnography compliment the study. References are made to the international political economy in the context of the relations between these countries.

Keywords: Soviet Union; South Africa; Total Onslaught; United Party; Friends of the Soviet Union; ideological conflict (South Africa); Russians (and the Anglo-Boer War); racial capitalism; apartheid; communism/Trotskyism (in South Africa); broader casing (qualitative research)

Subject fields: political science; sociology; (military) history; international political economy; social anthropology; international relations; conflict studies


Keywords

Soviet Union; South Africa; Total Onslaught; United Party; Friends of the Soviet Union; ideological conflict (South Africa); Russians (and the Anglo-Boer War); racial capitalism; apartheid; communism/Trotskyism (in South Africa); broader casing (qualit

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