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Colonial South Africa and the Origins of the Racial Order

Timothy Keegan
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BUY Cloth · 368 pp. · 6.13 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813917351 · $65.00 · Mar 1997
BUY Paper · 368 pp. · 6.13 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813917368 · $38.50 · Mar 1997

In this masterly work of synthesis and reinterpretation, Timothy Keegan looks anew at the relatively neglected period of South African history before the mineral age- in particular the years of British rule up to the 1850s- and decisively establishes its importance in the shaping of South African society. For whereas a previous generation of historians saw the twentieth-century racial state emerging from forces unleashed by the mineral revolution, Keegan argues that its roots lie in an earlier period, when the cape was first inegrated into the British empire of free trade of the early nineteenth century.

About the Author(s): 

Dr. Timothy Keegan is the author of Rural Transformations in Industrialising South Africa (London, 1986) and Facing the Storm: Portraits of Black Lives in Rural South Africa (Cape Town and London, 1988). He is an associate of the Institute for Historical Research at the University of the Western Cape.

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