Abraham Esau's War: A Black South African War in the Cape, 1899-1902

Abraham Esau's War: A Black South African War in the Cape, 1899-1902

by Bill Nasson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521530598

ISBN-13: 9780521530590

Pub. Date: 02/13/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The South African War 1899–1902 is no longer treated as 'a white man's war' by historians. Black South Africans were drawn into service by both sides, and the war affected the black communities in a variety of complex ways. Dr Nasson has written a closely focused regional study of the conflict in the Cape Colony, describing the dramatic participation of black

Overview

The South African War 1899–1902 is no longer treated as 'a white man's war' by historians. Black South Africans were drawn into service by both sides, and the war affected the black communities in a variety of complex ways. Dr Nasson has written a closely focused regional study of the conflict in the Cape Colony, describing the dramatic participation of black people in the conduct of the war, and their subsequent exclusion from the fruits of peace. (The Abraham Esau, of the title, a patriotic coloured artisan, was murdered by Boer guerrillas.) Dr Nasson sets the conflict in the context of Cape political culture and social life at the turn of the century. This is a major contribution to South African and Imperial history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521530590
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Series:
African Studies Series, #68
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement; Preface; Abbreviations; Illustrations and maps; 1. Introduction: perspectives and place; 2. Colonial state, imperial army and peace-keeping; 3. The politics of patriotism; 4. Arms and patriotism: town guards and district militia; 5. Moving Lord Kitchener: military transport and supply work; 6. The Republican guerrilla war in the countryside; 7. Martyrdom, myth and memory: Abraham Esau's war; 8. Treason offenders and their antagonists; 9. Peace and reconquest; Bibliography.

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