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Dr Thula Simpson

Senior Lecturer

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Qualifications:

BA Honours (Kings College, University of London); PhD (Birkbeck, University of London

Short Biography:

Thula Simpson has published extensively on the ANC’s armed struggle and the organisation’s relationship with popular protest movements in South Africa. His most recent publications are Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle (2016) and The ANC and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa: Essential Writings (2017).

Research Areas: 

The liberation struggle in Southern Africa; South African historiography and historians; the rise and fall of segregation and apartheid; African revolutionaries.

Current Research: 

I am working on a general history of Southern Africa, which focuses on the subcontinent’s past from the period of colonisation to the twenty-first century. This is a project which will culminate in the publication of a book on the topic.

Recent Publications:

The ANC and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa: Essential Writings (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 396. Link.

‘‘Umkhonto we Sizwe, We are Waiting for You’: The ANC and the Township Uprising, September 1984 – September 1985’, in T. Simpson (ed.),The ANC and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa: Essential Writings (London: Routledge, 2017).

‘Main Machinery: The ANC’s Armed Underground in Johannesburg During the 1976 Soweto Uprising’, in T. Simpson (ed.),The ANC and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa: Essential Writings (Routledge, 2017).

Umkhonto we Sizwe: The ANC’s Armed Struggle (Johannesburg: Penguin, 2016). Link.

‘Academic Freedom in a Democratic South Africa’, African Historical Review, 48 (1), 2016, pp-1-11 (forthcoming).

Reviews of Dr Simpson's research:

H. Barrell, ‘South Africa’s armed struggle: where the ANC’s ineptitude was a virtue’, The Conversation, 10 July 2016. Link.

S. De Waal, ‘MK’s Heroes and villains’, Mail and Guardian, 26 August to 1 September 2016. Link.

 

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