Luka Jantjie: Resistance Hero of the South African Frontier

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Luka Jantjie is today a largely forgotten hero of resistance to British colonialism. His place in South African history has tended to be overshadowed by events elsewhere in the region. This book attempts to redress the balance by recording his remarkable story. In 1870, at the beginning of the Kimberley diamond mining boom that was to transform southern Africa, Luka Jantjie was the first independent African ruler to lose his land to the new colonialists, who promptly annexed the diamond fields. His outspoken ...

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Overview

Luka Jantjie is today a largely forgotten hero of resistance to British colonialism. His place in South African history has tended to be overshadowed by events elsewhere in the region. This book attempts to redress the balance by recording his remarkable story. In 1870, at the beginning of the Kimberley diamond mining boom that was to transform southern Africa, Luka Jantjie was the first independent African ruler to lose his land to the new colonialists, who promptly annexed the diamond fields. His outspoken stand against the hypocrisy of colonial ‘justice’ earned him the epithet: “a wild fellow who hates the English.” As the son of an early Christian convert, Luka was brought up to respect peace and non-violence; his boycott of rural trading stores in the early 1890s was perhaps the earliest use of non-violent resistance in colonial South Africa. His steady refusal to bow to colonial demands of subservience intensified the enmity of local colonists determined to “teach him a lesson.” As many of his people succumbed to colonial pressures, Luka was twice forced to take up arms to defend himself and his people from colonial attacks. His life ended in a dramatic and heroic last stand in the ancestral sanctuary of the Langeberg mountain range; its tragic consequences stretched far into the next century.

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"Shillington's research shines as he offers the reader a sense of Jantjie grappling with the challenges facing him and his people. Wonderfully researched and lavishly illustrated." - The Jourbanal of African History

"Luka Jantjie . . . is a welcome addition to a slim historiography by a regional expert. A lively, vivid, and wonderfully written commemorative text. It celebrates the life of a struggle hero, and does so with Shillington's scholarly precision." - African Affairs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780952065111
  • Publisher: Aldridge
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011

Meet the Author

Kevin Shillington is the author of a number of historical and contemporary works including The Colonisation of the Southern Tswana 1870-1900 (1985), Ghana and the Rawlings Factor (1992), Causes and Consequences of Independence in Africa (1997), and History of Africa (3rd edition 2005). He is editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African History (2005).

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Table of Contents

Prologue
• Birth and Early Life, 1835–1858
• Adult Responsibilities, 1858–1867
• The Defence of the Diamond Fields, 1867–1871
• The Loss of the Diamond Fields, 1871–1876
• Tension and Resistance in the Colony, 1876–1878
• Rebellion and the Battle of Kho, 1878
• Dithakong and Capture, 1878–1879
• Prison, Release and the New Morafe, 1879–1881
• War, Land and the British, 1882–1885
• The Land Commission, 1885–1886
• From ‘Murmuring’ to Boycott, British Bechuanaland, 1886–1895
• The Langeberg, Rinderpest and Rebellion, 1895–1896
• The Gathering Storm, January–April, 1897
• The Battle for the Langeberg, April–May, 1897
• Siege and Final Stand, May–July, 1897
• The Aftermath

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