oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die plek van kultuurgeskiedenis in algemene historiese oorsigswerke: 'n vergelykende ondersoek

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



During the last two decades, a large number of books have been published which present a general overview of South African history. In this article, these books are compared with equivalent publications on American, British, Dutch, French and German history with regard to the position of cultural history in these texts. The comparison involves a brief survey of the number of books published, the length of these books and the relation between the treatment of events and the treatment of structures, conditions and long-term developments. The space alloted to cultural history in general surveys is determined in relation to political, economic and social history. It is concluded that less than a third of the texts consulted include sections or chapters on cultural history. While there are some general historical overviews available on the USA and the European countries which deal with cultural history, no overviews on South African history have been published which pay any attention to cultural history.

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