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Apartheid: From bitter almonds to the Rainbow Nation2019072020190721 (WS)

In the last part of his series on the mechanics of hatred, Allan Little explores the roots of South Africa’s apartheid ideology. He learns how white Afrikaner nationalists used historical myths to cast themselves as God’s people, bringing the light of civilisation to a savage continent. These myths framed black people as barbarous and inferior, helping to justify the apartheid system, which legalised the dispossession of the black population.

We also hear how the country managed to confront and dismantle its fears and hatreds, ending apartheid and forging a new, inclusive story of the 'rainbow nation'.

Image: People fleeing from tear gas in Sharpeville, South Africa, in March 1990 (Credit: Trevor Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Allan Little examines how apartheid was forged and then dismantled in South Africa

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Apartheid: From Bitter Almonds To The Rainbow Nation2019072020190721 (WS)

In the last part of his series on the mechanics of hatred, Allan Little explores the roots of South Africa’s apartheid ideology. He learns how white Afrikaner nationalists used historical myths to cast themselves as God’s people, bringing the light of civilisation to a savage continent. These myths framed black people as barbarous and inferior, helping to justify the apartheid system, which legalised the dispossession of the black population.

We also hear how the country managed to confront and dismantle its fears and hatreds, ending apartheid and forging a new, inclusive story of the 'rainbow nation'.

Image: People fleeing from tear gas in Sharpeville, South Africa, in March 1990 (Credit: Trevor Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Allan Little examines how apartheid was forged and then dismantled in South Africa

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Bosnia: The Weaponisation Of History20190629
Bosnia: The Weaponisation Of History2019062920190630 (WS)

Serbian leaders manipulated myth and memory during the Bosnian war to incubate a violent loathing of Muslims - a hatred that inspires today's far-right. BBC journalist Allan Little unpicks the mechanics of hatred, and reveals how this dangerous emotion has been whipped up and disseminated throughout history.

He begins with the hatred he witnessed on the killing fields of the Bosnian War, deconstructing how Serbian leaders like Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic manipulated and weaponised history to inculcate a violent loathing that would lead to the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica.

Photo: A Bosnian Muslim woman grieves at the Srebrenica Memorial Cemetery in Potocari Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

How anti-Muslim hatred was mobilised during the Bosnian war

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Rwanda: The warped solidarity of hate2019070620190707 (WS)

Allan Little explores how a relentless propaganda campaign fuelled the genocide in Rwanda. We hear how a radio station helped create a perverse moral climate where killing your neighbour felt like the right thing to do. With the help of psychologists and genocide experts, he learns how human beings can be primed to believe that murderous hatred is a virtue, and that eliminating your colleagues and even your friends is a civic duty.

How propaganda convinced people to believe genocidal murder was a civic duty

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Rwanda: The Warped Solidarity Of Hate2019070620190707 (WS)

Allan Little explores how a relentless propaganda campaign fuelled the genocide in Rwanda. We hear how a radio station helped create a perverse moral climate where killing your neighbour felt like the right thing to do. With the help of psychologists and genocide experts, he learns how human beings can be primed to believe that murderous hatred is a virtue, and that eliminating your colleagues and even your friends is a civic duty.

How propaganda convinced people to believe genocidal murder was a civic duty

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Vietnam: Hatred in the name of liberty2019071320190714 (WS)

Allan Little examines how military training led many American soldiers to hate not just the Communist army they were fighting, but the entire Vietnamese population. This hatred would spur many to commit atrocities against civilians.

We learn how a country founded on the ideals of the Enlightenment drew on misogyny and racism to drill conscripted soldiers in violent hatred, both in training and as they pushed through the jungles and villages of Vietnam.

Archive comes from the film Winter Soldier, produced by the Winterfilm Collective and distributed by Milliarium Zero and Milestone Films.

Image: A village in Vietnam is attacked with napalm in 1971 (Credit: Bettmann/Getty Images)

How military training led many American troops to hate the entire Vietnamese population

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history

Vietnam: Hatred In The Name Of Liberty2019071320190714 (WS)

Allan Little examines how military training led many American soldiers to hate not just the Communist army they were fighting, but the entire Vietnamese population. This hatred would spur many to commit atrocities against civilians.

We learn how a country founded on the ideals of the Enlightenment drew on misogyny and racism to drill conscripted soldiers in violent hatred, both in training and as they pushed through the jungles and villages of Vietnam.

Archive comes from the film Winter Soldier, produced by the Winterfilm Collective and distributed by Milliarium Zero and Milestone Films.

How military training led many American troops to hate the entire Vietnamese population

Allan Little explores how hatred has been stoked and manipulated throughout history