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A Periodization of South African History

  • Anthony Butler
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Abstract

In this chapter, I provide an introductory periodization of South African history. This will serve three major purposes. First, it will provide the reader with the necessary contextual material to situate arguments of later chapters, and in particular the argument of chapter 3, which addresses conventional academic approaches to South African history and the ‘liberal-revisionist’ debate within English-language historiography.

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National Party White Supremacy Separate Development Imperial Power Historical Writing 
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  1. 1.
    P. Maylam, A History of the African People of South Africa (London: Longman, 1991, 4th edition); L. Thompson, A History of South Africa (London: Yale University Press, 1990), chapter 1. I rely heavily on Thompson’s excellent compressed account of pre-1870s South Africa, and also on the collection M. Wilson and L. Thompson, (eds), A History of South Africa to 1870, (London: James Currey, 1982, 2nd edition).Google Scholar
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    Thompson, History of South Africa, 13; M. Wilson, ‘The Nguni People’ and M. Wilson, ‘The Sotho’, in Wilson and Thompson (eds), History of South Africa, 75–130, 131–86.Google Scholar
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    J. Guy, ‘Ecological Factors in the Rise of Shaka and the Zulu Kingdom’, in S. Marks and A. Atmore (eds), Economy and Society in Pre-industrial South Africa (London: Longman, 1980) 102–19.Google Scholar
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    See J. Peires, ‘The British and the Cape, 1814–1834’, in R. Elphick and H. Giliomee (eds) The Shaping of South African Society, 1652–1820 (Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman, 1989).Google Scholar
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    See S. Marks and S. Trapido, The Politics of Race, Class and Nationalism’, in Marks and Trapido (eds), Politics of Race, Class, and Nationalism in Twentieth Century South Africa (London: Longman, 1987) 1–70.Google Scholar
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    H. Bradford, A Taste of Freedom: The ICU in rural South Africa, 1924–30 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987).Google Scholar
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    N. Nattrass, ‘Economic Aspects of the Construction of Apartheid’, in P. Bonner, P. Delius and D. Posel (eds) Apartheids Genesis 1935–1962 (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1993) 42–64, 53.Google Scholar
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© Anthony Butler 1998

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  • Anthony Butler
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK

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