An Economic History of South Africa: Conquest, Discrimination, and Development

An Economic History of South Africa: Conquest, Discrimination, and Development

by Charles H. Feinstein, C. H. Feinstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521616417

ISBN-13: 9780521616416

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Charles Feinstein surveys five hundred years of South African economic history from the years preceding European settlements in 1652 through to the post-Apartheid era. Following the early phase of slow growth, he charts the transformation of the economy as a result of the discovery of diamonds and gold in the 1870s, and the rapid rise of industry in the wartime years.…  See more details below

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Charles Feinstein surveys five hundred years of South African economic history from the years preceding European settlements in 1652 through to the post-Apartheid era. Following the early phase of slow growth, he charts the transformation of the economy as a result of the discovery of diamonds and gold in the 1870s, and the rapid rise of industry in the wartime years. Finally, emphasizing the ways by which the black population was deprived of land, and induced to supply labor for white farms, mines and factories, Feinstein documents the introduction of apartheid after 1948, and its consequences for economic performance,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521616416
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
The Ellen McArthur Lectures
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
451,636
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Setting the context : South Africa in international perspective1
2Seizing the land : conquest and dispossession22
3Making the labour force : coercion and discrimination47
4Creating the colour bar : formal barriers, poor whites, and 'civilized' labour74
5Exporting the gold : the vital role of the mineral revolution90
6Transforming the economy : the rise of the manufacturing and commercial agriculture113
7Separating the races : the imposition of apartheid143
8Forcing the pace : rapid progress despite constraints165
9Hitting the barriers : from triumph to disaster200
10Confronting the contradictions : the final crisis and the retreat from apartheid224
Annexe 1The people of South Africa252
Annexe 2The land and the geographical environment260
Annexe 3The labour force and unemployment269

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