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Title:Factions and Fissions: Transvaal/Swazi Politics in the Mid Nineteenth Century
Author:Bonner, Philip L.
Year:1978
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:19
Issue:2
Pages:219-238
Language:English
Geographic terms:Swaziland - Eswatini
Transvaal
South Africa
Subjects:political conditions
history
1840-1849
1850-1859
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
colonialism
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181600
Abstract:An ideological element of homogeneity has crept into the historiographies of both Swaziland and the Transvaal. In the writing of Transvaal history too little account has been taken of the way in which internal factionalism was bound up with conflicting prescriptions for the regulation of 'native affairs', or of the degree to which African communities comprehended these conflicts and exploited them. In Swazi history insufficient attention has been paid to the internal political contradictions, which persisted well into the second half of the nineteenth century, of the way these interacted with external agencies, and of the way this interaction affected their ultimate resolution. This paper illustrates some of these themes by reference to the relationships between Swaziland and the eastern Transvaal Republic of Ohrigstad/Lydenburg in the period between 1845 and 1852. Map, notes, sum., tab.
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