Spear of the Nation
(Umkhonto weSizwe): South Africa's Liberatoin Army, 1960s-1990s
By Janet Cherry
(Ohio University Press, Paperback, 9780821420263, 156pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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The history of MK is one of paradox and contradiction, of successes and failures. In this short study, which draws widely on the personal experiences of--and commentary by--MK soldiers, Janet Cherry offers a new and nuanced account of the Spear of the Nation. She presents in broad outline the various stages of MK's thirty-year history, considers the difficult strategic and moral problems the revolutionary army faced, and argues that its operations are likely to be remembered as a just war conducted with considerable restraint.