Lodge, “Volunteer-in-Chief” | reading/study Questions

Why is the chapter called “Volunteer-in-Chief?”

What differences do you notice between Mandela’s telling of events leading up to the Defiance Campaign and Lodge’s account of the same period? How do you account for those differences?

What is the role of a critical biographer?

Find one example of Lodge contradicting Mandela or another Mandela biography. What is at stake in these differing interpretations?

What are Lodge’s sources of information?

Who do you think is his intended audience for this book?

What are the limits of legitimate opposition to a government?

What is the difference between opposition and rebellion/revolution?

What are the challenges of achieving revolutionary change by democratic means?