Archive for the ‘Southern Africa’ Category

The most recent Canadian Historical Review 93, 2 (2012) contains the Garneau Roundtable on John C. Weaver’s influential book, The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 (2003).   For those indebted to Weaver for his incredible comparative history of settler colonialism, it is certainly worth checking out the views of Bill […]


José Manuel de Prada-Samper, ‘The forgotten killing fields: “San” genocide and Louis Anthing’s mission to Bushmanland’, 1862-1863, Historia 57, 1 (2012). Mohamed Adhikari’s book The Anatomy of a South African Genocide is a synthesis of the research on the extermination of the San peoples of South Africa and aims to establish that such extermination must be considered […]


James Belich, ‘Review: Jerry H. Bentley (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of World History’, English Historical Review (2012). Relevant extract (but the review is worth canvassing in its entirety, absolutely): Duara’s decision to exclude settler colonialism from his ‘modern imperialism’ is also problematic. The hard fact is that three and one-third (Russian Asia) of the world’s […]


Zapiro’s pen, form Sunday Times (19 Feb 2012). See more here. Hat-tip, LK.


Last week the African National Congress celebrated its centenary, marking a full hundred years of valiant struggle against colonialism, settler colonialism, racism and Apartheid in South Africa. All of us who had occasion to work with that great movement and its leaders and militants celebrated too. Jenerali Ulimwengu for the East African.


Ruth Hall provides a sound critical appraisal of this report in Another Countryside: The new Green Paper on Land Reform offers little policy direction for the important but controversial work of land reform. It was the culmination of a long, hotly debated policy process which started with government’s acknowledgement at the National Land Summit in […]


It is not common for the Hasbara machine, disseminating Israeli state propaganda, to be exposed in such a way. As if by coincidence, two expatriate South African Jews, with a bit of a liberal reputation, came out of retirement to produce almost identical pieces for the press, rejecting the analogy between Israel and apartheid. That […]


In order to create a cadre of Khoisan linguists capable of facilitating the preservation and development of the Khoisan languages of Southern Africa, CASAS administers a scholarship scheme for University linguistic studies in Cape Town, at the undergraduate level with possibilities of advancement to post-graduate studies thereafter. The KLSSS is supported by Brot fur die […]


Edward Cavanagh, The Griqua Past and the Limits of South African History, 1902-1994 (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2011). The Griqua people are commonly misunderstood. Today, they do not figure in the South African imagination as other peoples do, nor have they for over a century. This book argues that their comparative invisibility is a […]


Fiona Batemen and Lionel Pilkington (eds), Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan: New York, 2011). Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture offers an accessible overview of settler colonialism as a globally important cultural and political phenomenon within a range of historical and geographical contexts, including Palestine, Hawai’i, Canada, southern […]