The Conclusion opens by restating the central arguments of the book: that the political conflict that epitomized the Vorster era reflected deep conceptual divisions over the future of the regime in a changing postcolonial world; and that each of the strategies developed, though incompatible with the other, emerged from different understandings of the relationship between race, nation, and state in the regime’s mission. This chapter highlights the tactical ineptitude that accompanied the internal turmoil and dysfunction with the Vorster government. It also explains how the events detailed in the book created the ideological dynamics and political context of apartheid’s era of decline, connecting the focus on identity, ideology, and internal political and intellectual discord to the popular narratives of the “rise and fall of apartheid.” It finishes by offering reflections on how the book repositions the apartheid state in African, Cold War, and decolonization histories.
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