n Journal for Contemporary History - Mourning becomes ... post/memory, commemoration and the concentration camps of the South African War, Liz Stanley : book review

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Liz Stanley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, has visited South Africa on more than one occasion to carry out research on the history, consequences and meaning of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902. She has already produced several noteworthy papers, articles in academic journals and other publications on aspects of the war. Her latest book, , "focuses on the part of the past shared by Britain and South Africa shaped by colonialism, imperialism, racism and nationalism, and marked by the unfolding 'post/memory' of the concentration camps. It is concerned with how the deaths in these camps have been utilised within a nationalist interpretational framework at a number of subsequent points in time - successive stages in memory-making [...]" (p. 4). It is "not a book about political myth, but one about post-slash-memory and the role of testimony and story-telling in relation to it" (p. 27).

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