History of Southern Africa

January 1994
100 black and white, 100 line illustrations
328 pages
21.4x20.7 cm
ISBN: 9780852557150
Format: Paperback
James Currey

History of Southern Africa

J.D. Omer-Cooper

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Widely used for teaching and illustrated throughout.
This text has been used in classes in places as far apart as Norway, Australia and the United States, as well as in South Africa itself. Professor Omer-Cooper has incorporated recent advances in scholarship: the early history, settlement and relationships of the Khoisan and Bantu-speaking peoples; the causation and course of the 19th-century Mfecane (which was originally detailed in the author's own book The Zulu Aftermath; the recent history of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and newly independent Namibia; the final phase of apartheid from 1986 to 1990; and the negotiations to establish a transitional regime.

Keywords: African Studies


... the best introductory text on South Africa for beginning undergraduates has been made even better. Before considering the revisions and additions, it is worth reminding readers of why the book is so good for its target audience. The graphic presentation is outstanding. Maps and illustrations abound on almost every page. Many of these are drawn from nineteenth-century engravings which imbue the text with an aura of historic romance. The chapters and subheadings are clearly set out. Notes and bibliography are useful without being overwhelming. A great deal of care has been given to the revised sections. - Norman Etherington in AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
... admirable and balanced account... - Phyllis Martin in THE FRIEND
... a high standard of accuracy and detail in this straightforward and intelligent narrative designed to provide the general reader with a more complex understanding of the subject. ... Frequent headings and subheadings, helpful bibliographies at the end of each chapter, wide margins, attractive design, and a wealth of illustrations enhance the appeal of this timely and useful book. THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR