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Title:The Mfecane aftermath: reconstructive debates in southern African history
Editor:Hamilton, CarolynISNI
City of publisher:Johannesburg
Publisher:Witwatersrand University Press
Geographic term:South Africa
Zulu polity
traditional polities
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Abstract:This book comprises a revised selection of the papers delivered at the colloquium 'The mfecane aftermath: towards a new paradigm', held at the University of the Witwatersrand in September 1991. The book is divided into three sections, each preceded by a specially commissioned contextualizing essay. Part I takes stock of the major historiographical and methodological issues (contributions by Norman Etherington, Christopher Saunders, Thomas A. Dowson, and Dan Wylie). Part II is concerned largely with the history of the eastern coastal region of South Africa in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and deals with some of the major debates over sources and their interpretation (John Wright, Elizabeth A. Eldredge, Carolyn Hamilton, Jeff Peires, Alan Webster, John Omer-Cooper). Part III examines events in the interior of southern Africa in the same period (Neil Parsons, Simon Hall, Andrew Manson, Margaret Kinsman, Guy Hartley, Jan-Bart Gewald). One debate that percolates through the various essays is the question of African and European agency. Was the period of social turbulance in the early decades of the 19th century a consequence of African activities (the eruption of the Zulu, and refugees from Zulu imperialism, on to the highveld) or was it the result of European activities (labour-raiding and slaving from the Cape and from Delagoa Bay)?