Nelson Mandela, Robben Island and the Imagination of a New South Africa

  title={Nelson Mandela, Robben Island and the Imagination of a New South Africa},
  author={Crain Soudien},
  journal={Journal of Southern African Studies},
  pages={353 - 366}
  • C. Soudien
  • Published 4 March 2015
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Southern African Studies
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