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Title:Reconstructing the household: the northern Cape Colony before and after the South African War
Author:Dooling, WayneISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:racial conflicts
Anglo-Boer wars
domestic workers
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/25622054
Abstract:A major component of the South African War, the imperialist conflict that gave birth to modern South Africa, was the violence that occurred between white settlers and indigenous black populations. This article seeks to understand the particular nature of this violence in the northern districts of the Cape Colony. The war intruded into a region in which memories of conquest were alive, and where recently established settler authority was extremely fragile. Here, the war has to be seen as the final chapter in the closing of a nineteenth-century colonial frontier. The conflict was one between masters and servants in a region where capitalist relations of production had yet to take hold. Conflict continued in the years immediately after the war, and an essential task of the post-war State was to calm disgruntled black subjects. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]