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The Cambridge History of South Africa


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Introduction Robert Ross, Carolyn Hamilton and Bernard Mbenga; 1. Food production in Southern Africa 1000 to 2000 years ago John Parkington and Simon Hall; 2. Farming communities of the second millennium: internal frontiers, identity, continuity and change Simon Hall; 3. Khoesan and immigrants: the emergence of colonial society in the Cape, 1500-1800 Robert Ross; 4. Turbulent times: political transformations in the North and East, 1760s-1830s John Wright; 5. From slave economy to settler capitalism: the Cape colony and its extensions, 1800-1854 Martin Legassick and Robert Ross; 6. From colonial hegemonies to imperial conquest, 1840-1880 Patrick Harries, Norman Etherington and Bernard Mbenga; 7. Transformations in consciousness Paul Landau.

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An important reassessment of South Africa's history and a significant new tool for students and academics of African history worldwide.

About the Author

Carolyn Hamilton obtained her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Formerly Director of South Africa's first Graduate School for the Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, she led the Constitution of Public Intellectual Life project at Wits and is now NRF Research Professor in Archives and Public Culture, University of Cape Town. An authority on South Africa's precolonial history, she is internationally recognized for her book, Terrific Majesty, the Powers of Shaka Zulu and the Limits of Historical Invention (1998), and for her work interrogating the concept of the archive and elucidating its political effects. Bernard K. Mbenga holds his doctorate in history from the University of South Africa and, since 1987, has been a lecturer at the Mafikeng Campus of North-West University in South Africa (formerly the University of Bophuthatswana in Mmabatho). He has published papers in the South African Historical Journal, Teaching History, and the Journal of Southern African Studies. Professor Mbenga is the co-editor and co-author (with Hermann Giliomee) of the highly acclaimed New History of South Africa (2007). Robert Ross received a Ph.D. from Cambridge in 1974 and has worked since then at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has written seven books, including A Concise History of South Africa and Status and Respectability in the Cape Colony: A Tragedy of Manners, both published by Cambridge University Press in 1999.


'It is both a credit and a boon to the study of South African history to have all this in one place.' Journal of African History

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