By tracing U.S. involvement in South African political and economic development since the late 1800s, this book analyzes U.S. corporate and government motives for maintaining the political status quo in South Africa. In recent decades, according to the author, U.S. policy toward South Africa has grown more contradictory: Endeavoring to protect the United States's reputation on the question of race, government officials denounce apartheid, yet Washington remains the main force blocking an international response to South African policies. As the situation in South Africa continues to polarize, the U.S. is increasingly isolated in its position of verbally condemning yet materially supporting South Africa's white minority regime--a regime confronting the distinct possibility of civil war.
Table of Contents
Westview Special Studies -- Preface -- Introduction -- The U.S. Role in South African Development -- U.S. Policy Toward South Africa, 1948-1975 -- The Ford Administration, 1974-1977 -- The Carter Administration, 1977-1981 -- The Reagan Administration, 1981-