Nelson Mandela: the man who changed the course of history
David BlairThe theme running through Nelson Mandela’s life was his unshakeable belief that one human being can change the course of history dramatically for the better.
In a bitterly divided South Africa, Mandela won the love of almost all his compatriots; in a sceptical age, he became perhaps the only genuinely global hero.
Mandela understood that apartheid, which scarred South Africa for the first 75 years of his life, would not be laid low by guerrilla war, revolution or popular uprising. At various times, he favoured all of these; but in the loneliness of his Robben Island prison cell, he came to see that apartheid was an expression of the weakness and insecurity of white South Africans in general and of Afrikaners in particular.
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"Nelson Mandela: the man who changed the course of history", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 05/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/nelson-mandela-the-man-who-changed-the-course-of-history