117. Spear of the Nation: Nelson Mandela and the ANC

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The career and ideas of Nelson Mandela up to the time of his imprisonment, in the context of the founding of the African National Congress.



Further Reading

• N. Mandela, The Struggle is My Life, ed. International Defence & Aid Fund for Southern Africa (London: 1978).

• N. Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (Boston: 1994).


• A. Sampson, Mandela: The Authorised Biography (London: 1999).

• M. Benson, South Africa: The Struggle for a Birthright (London: 1966).

• H. Holland, The Struggle: A History of the African National Congress (New York: 1990).

• P. Limb, The ANC's Early Years: Nation, Class and Place in South Africa Before 1940 (Pretoria: 2010).

• N. Masilela, An Outline of the New African Movement in South Africa (Trenton: 2013).

• F. Meli, South Africa Belongs to Us: A History of the ANC (Harare: 1988).

• M.P. More, "Albert Luthuli, Steve Biko, and Nelson Mandela: The Philosophical Basis of Their Thought and Practice," in in K. Wiredu (ed.), A Companion to African Philosophy (Malden: 2004), 207-215.

• P. Walshe, The Rise of African Nationalism in South Africa: The African National Congress 1912-1952 (London: 1970).


Liam on 21 March 2023


Hi, I'm an avid listener to this podcast and I've loved the material so far! Keep up the awesome work! I'm also a South African and as such I would love to see an episode spent discussing Ubuntu as it sets a lot of Struggle figures and theories well within their uniquely (South) African context. It is also an important part of the Rainbow nation so I would love to see it explored in the same way as the Kwame Nkrumah episodes. It is also an interesting meta-ethical theory in in own right. 

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Peter Adamson on 21 March 2023


Thanks, glad you are enjoying this series! We actually talked about this to some extent already in episode 20 on Communalism, if memory serves.

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