Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg

Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg

by Naomi Musiker, Reuben Musiker
     
 

In just over a century of existence, Johannesburg, the "City of Gold," has played a vital role in the development of South Africa. Today, it is the center of Gauteng, the province which serves as the economic heart of the entire region. The city continues to exert influence over the whole of the African sub-continent. Johannesburg's evolution in the last two

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In just over a century of existence, Johannesburg, the "City of Gold," has played a vital role in the development of South Africa. Today, it is the center of Gauteng, the province which serves as the economic heart of the entire region. The city continues to exert influence over the whole of the African sub-continent. Johannesburg's evolution in the last two decades provide important insights into the transformation of South Africa as a whole. The Dictionary is of great value to readers who wish to understand events that shaped South Africa in the successive eras of gold discovery, British colonization, Nationalist Party apartheid legislation, and transformation under the aegis of the African National Congress. The Musikers make an important departure from previous historical surveys in that they include information on the role of the original indigenous inhabitants of South Africa who occupied the area of the future city long before the first white settlers, and who, through their intensive labor on the gold mines, played a decisive role in the progress of Johannesburg. The present volume, besides covering the economic and political history of Johannesburg, also deals with cultural aspects of the city including architecture, art, music, and theatre, which provide a fascinating multi-cultural portrait of the cosmopolitan city.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
The Musikers' Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg, besides being a valuable reference, is a fascinating book to read...It adds much needed access to the history of black people in Johannesburg and their contribution to the life of this great city.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The compilers are long-time students of the subject and have done a more than competent job.
Journal of African History
...a highly useful reference book for academic researchers as well as the general reader...this obvious labour of love is most welcome.
African Research and Documentation
There is an enormous quantity of information in this work, which the Musikers must have been amassing over many years...the book is so well and interestingly written...
Journal Of African History
...a highly useful reference book for academic researchers as well as the general reader...this obvious labour of love is most welcome.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
The Musikers' Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg, besides being a valuable reference, is a fascinating book to read...It adds much needed access to the history of black people in Johannesburg and their contribution to the life of this great city.
American Reference Books Annual
The compilers are long-time students of the subject and have done a more than competent job.
Booknews
Dictionary-style entries provide insight into events that shaped South Africa in the successive eras of gold discovery, British colonization, Nationalist Party apartheid legislation, and transformation under the aegis of the African National Congress. Information is included on the role of the original inhabitants of South Africa. Focus is on the economic and political history of Johannesburg, with additional material on cultural aspects. Naomi Musiker holds the position of archivist at the Catholic History Bureau in Johannesburg, and at the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. Reuben Musiker is a retired from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Both are South African citizens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810835207
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Cities, States, and Regions Series, #7
Pages:
534
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.28(d)

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Meet the Author

Naomi Musiker (B.A., University of the Witwatersrand; H.Dip.Lib., Rhodes University, Grahamstown) has contributed numerous biographical articles for theDictionary of South African Biography and the Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. She is an experienced indexer who has worked for some of South Africa's leading publishers and indexed many important reference works.Reuben Musiker (M.A. University of Pretoria; B.Sc., University of the Witwatersrand; H.Dip.Lib., University of Cape Town) is currently emeritus professor at the University of the Witwatersrand where he was professor of Librarianship and Bibliography before retiring in 1991. In 1985 he was the first recipient of the SAILIS Award for Bibliography, and in 1996 this premier national award was renamed the Reuben Musiker Award for Bibliography in his honor. Both authors are residents of Johannesburg and South African citizens. Their previous publications include Southern African Bibliography (Scarecrow 1996).

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