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Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948, Hardback Book

Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948 Hardback


Popular Politics in the History of South Africa, 1400-1948 offers an inclusive vision of South Africa's past.

Drawing largely from original sources, Paul Landau presents a history of the politics of the country's people, from the time of their early settlements in the elevated heartlands, through the colonial era, to the dawn of Apartheid.

A practical tradition of mobilization, alliance, and amalgamation persisted, mutated, and occasionally vanished from view; it survived against the odds in several forms, in tribalisms, Christian assemblies, and other, seemingly hybrid movements; and it continues today.

Landau treats southern Africa broadly, concentrating increasingly on the southern Highveld and ultimately focusing on a transnational movement called the 'Samuelites'.

He shows how people's politics in South Africa were suppressed and transformed, but never entirely eliminated.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 316 pages, 7 Maps; 2 Halftones, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780521196031

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