n Journal for Contemporary History - Oral history : research in the South African context

Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Oral history as a technique for historical documentation was initiated in the North. It has been recognised as an academic discipline in the United States, England, Germany, Spain and Canada for more than half a century. But it is as relevant in developing countries, as was shown by the number of delegates from the South at the thirteenth conference of the International Oral History Society in Rome in June 2004. Oral history has been practised in South Africa since the late 1970s.

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