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The Land Wars - The Dispossession Of The Khoisan And AmaXhosa In The Cape Colony (Paperback) Loot Price: R199
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The Land Wars - The Dispossession Of The Khoisan And AmaXhosa In The Cape Colony (Paperback): John Laband

The Land Wars - The Dispossession Of The Khoisan And AmaXhosa In The Cape Colony (Paperback)

John Laband

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Perhaps the most explosive issue in South Africa today is the question of land ownership. The central theme in this country’s colonial history is the dispossession of indigenous African societies by white settlers, and current calls for land restitution are based on this loss. Yet popular knowledge of the actual process by which Africans were deprived of their land is remarkably sketchy.

This book recounts an important part of this history, describing how the Khoisan and Xhosa people were dispossessed and subjugated from the time that Europeans first arrived until the end of the Cape Frontier Wars (1779–1878).

The Land Wars traces the unfolding hostilities involving Dutch and British colonial authorities, trekboers and settlers, and the San, Khoikhoin, Xhosa, Mfengu and Thembu people – as well as conflicts within these groups. In the process it describes the loss of land by Africans to successive waves of white settlers as the colonial frontier inexorably advanced. The book does not shy away from controversial issues such as war atrocities on both sides, or the expedient decision of some of the indigenous peoples to fight alongside the colonisers rather than against them.

The Land Wars is an epic story, featuring well-known figures such as Ngqika, Lord Charles Somerset and his son, Henry, Andries Stockenström, Hintsa, Harry Smith, Sandile, Maqoma, Bartle Frere and Sarhili, and events such as the arrival of the 1820 Settlers and the Xhosa cattlekilling. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand South Africa’s past and present.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2020 | Review by: Boschberg

Highly useful and relevant approach to SA history in view of the "stolen land" spat. It is probably most essential reading matter for many of those who are most likely not to read it. I am however disappointed that the misidentification (by several historians) of nkosi Qoba, son of Mahote of the imiDange is being perpetuated. He was the brother of Jalamba and Godissa. He is correctly identified in the Record of Moody and Peires, 2008, The other side of the black silk handkerchief, Quarterly Bullitin of NLSA 62(1) corrected the error in his The House of Phalo.

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