n Historia - Power and resistance in an African society : The Ciskei Xhosa and the making of South Africa, L. Switzer : book review

Volume 41, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



is an impressive book and one that makes a valuable contribution to South African historical writing. In a historiography as poorly served by regional histories as ours, the publication of a comprehensive, thoroughly researched and nuanced historical analysis of a particular region is a noteworthy occurrence. Switzer's history of the Ciskei, is to my knowledge, the first regionally focused study to cover the entire span of South African history from pre-colonial times to the recent past. It also represents a rare attempt at synthesis within the revisionist tradition of South African historiography.

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