The Labour History of South Africa in Source Materials: (1806-1940)

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The foundation and settlement of the Cape Colony from the mid-seventeenth century heralded the introduction of European capital into the socio-economic life of southern Africa. It further brought about hitherto unprecedented levels of exploitation of the region's resources and people in a region that had previously relied on subsistence, agricultural- pastoral economies. The study considers four aspects of the period: merchant capitalism, agrarian capitalism, mining-industrial capitalism and the imperial factor. ...
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Overview

The foundation and settlement of the Cape Colony from the mid-seventeenth century heralded the introduction of European capital into the socio-economic life of southern Africa. It further brought about hitherto unprecedented levels of exploitation of the region's resources and people in a region that had previously relied on subsistence, agricultural- pastoral economies. The study considers four aspects of the period: merchant capitalism, agrarian capitalism, mining-industrial capitalism and the imperial factor. It aims to enhance understanding of South African labour history and the colonial history of southern and central Africa more generally, demonstrating that colonial policies tried and tested in South Africa, were frequently applied in the British colonies to the north.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780908307814
  • Publisher: African Books Collective Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Merchant capitalist labour practices 1
2 Labour for agricultural capitalism 25
3 Mining-industrial capitalist labour practices 54
4 The role of Britain as an imperial power in the dispossession of Africans 85
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