and the Agrarian Origins of South African Apartheid,
New York 2015, ISBN 978-1-107-04648-1 (395 pages)
This book examines the dark odyssey of official and private collective violence against the rural African population and Africans in general during the two generations before apartheid became the primary justification for the existence of the South African state. John Higginson discusses how Africans fought back against the entire spectrum of violence ranged against them, demonstrating just how contingent apartheid was on the struggle to hijack the future of the African majority.
John Higginson is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also a research-fellow in the College of Human Sciences and the department of history at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the author of A Working Class in the Making: Belgian Colonial Labor Policy, Private Enterprise and the African Mineworker, 1907-1951 (1989). He has written numerous articles and book-chapters on South Africa and the regional economic system of southern Africa.
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PART I. THE ASHES OF DEFEAT
The Etiology of Guerrilla Organization in the Western Transvaal, July 1900 to December 1902 33
Peonage or Empire?: The Reconstruction of White Supremacy 69
Milnerism, the “Chinese Labor Experiment,” and the Advent of Het Volk 105
PART II. SIDESTEPPING THE KING’S WRIT
Ministering to the Dry Bones of White Supremacy: From Union and the 1913 Natives Land Act to the 1914 Rebellion 133
A Glass Brimming Over: The Failed 1914 Rebellion in Rustenburg and Marico 155
Turbulent Cities, Smoldering Countryside, 1914-1922 183
After the Rebellion, Before the Pact, 1919-1924 234
PART III. A HOOFDLEIERE OR BOERE REPUBLIC?
The Pact, the Depression, and the Stillborn Republic, 1924-1933 261
A Thousand Little Hoofdleiere, 1934-1948 307
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