Jacob A. Tropp

Jacob A. Tropp is an associate professor of history and Spencer Fellow in African Studies at Middlebury College. His articles have appeared in the Journal of African History, the Journal of Southern African Studies, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, and Kronos: The Journal of Cape History.

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Natures of Colonial Change · Environmental Relations in the Making of the Transkei
By Jacob A. Tropp

In this groundbreaking study, Jacob A. Tropp explores the interconnections between negotiations over the environment and an emerging colonial relationship in a particular South African context—the Transkei—subsequently the largest of the notorious “homelands” under apartheid. In the late nineteenth century, South Africa’s Cape Colony completed its incorporation of the area beyond the Kei River, known as the Transkei, and began transforming the region into a labor reserve.

“Jacob A. Tropp has written an impressive history of the state’s capture of forest resources in the Transkei, between 1880 and 1930.... His book’s central question is how a reading of the social interactions surrounding environmental access can reshape historical understanding.”

American Historical Review