"Namibian history is notoriously under-researched. Much important work has been done in recent years in doctoral and other theses but very little of this has been published. The first three decades of South African rule have been especially neglected. The book is then much to be welcomed. In particular it explores many new themes in twentieth-century Namibian history. The introduction is the most important part of the volume; it comments most interestingly on a number of key themes…. The book as a whole carries Namibian history into new areas of sophistication. It is undoubtedly a major contribution to Namibian historiography."
Christopher Saunders, Professor of History, University of Cape Town
The peoples of Namibia have been on the move throughout history. The South Africans in 1915 took over from the Germans in trying to fit Namibia into a colonial landscape. This book is about the clashes and stresses which resulted from the first three decades of South African colonial rule.
Namibia under South African Rule is a major contribution to Namibian historiography, exploring, in particular, many new themes in twentieth-century Namibian history. Here is exciting new work from a host of scholars and writers on a heretofore under-researched subject.
Patricia Hayes completed her Ph.D. thesis on the history of Ovamboland between 1880 and 1935 at Cambridge University in 1992. She was Visiting Assistant Professor in African History at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania during 1990 and later a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge. She now lectures in the History Department of the University of the Western Cape.
Jeremy Silvester is currently a Lecturer in Namibian History at the University of Namibia, and has previously taught at the University of Keele, the University of the West of England and Bristol University. He completed a Ph.D. thesis on the history of land dispossession and labor recruitment in southern Namibia under South African colonialism in 1994 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Marion Wallace recently completed her doctoral thesis on health and society in Windhoek between 1915 and 1945 at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. She has taught history at the University of Namibia and the University of Greenwich, London, and is currently working at the Public Record Office in London.
Wolfram Hartmann has received masters degrees from the University of Hamburg and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He has been a lecturer in the History Department of the University of Namibia for several years, and is now pursuing Ph.D. research at Columbia University.
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George Stow was a Victorian man of many parts—poet, historian, ethnographer, artist, cartographer, and prolific writer. A geologist by profession, he became acquainted, through his work in the field, with the extraordinary wealth of rock paintings in the caves and shelters of the South African interior. Enchanted and absorbed by them, Stow set out to create a record of this creative work of the people who had tracked and marked the South African landscape decades and centuries before him.
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