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Title:Reactions to rinderpest in Southern Africa
Author:Van Onselen, C.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:social conditions
veterinary medicine
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180591
Abstract:More detailed consideration of the effect of rinderpest, in southern Africa during 1896/7, on a cattle-keeping peasantry within the context of an industrializing economy illuminates some of the socio-economic and political forces operative in the 1890s: leaders emerged willing to utilize grievances and rumours stemming from rinderpest for attempts at mobilization for the wider objective of revolt; the loss of large numbers of cattle caused social and economic distress in African communities (paralysed transport system caused price rises and profiteering; no meat and no milk meant hardship and sometimes starvation; activities ranged from planting vegetables to stock-thieving). Generally, the impoverishment caused by rinderpest contributed to the growing proletarianization of Africans and the process of labour migration. Rinderpest did not produce fundamental structural changes in Southern African society, but it emphasized the processes which were to characterize industrial South Africa of the 20th century. Notes, summary.