n Historia - History, Historians & Afrikaner Nationalism : Essays on the History Department of the University of Pretoria, 1909-1985, F.A. Mouton (ed) : book review

Volume 52, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Jeff Peires
  • Source : Historia, Volume 52, Issue 2, Nov 2007, p. 305 - 307
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
    SciELO SA
    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



The sober format of this book belies its fascinating content. Formally, it consists of nothing more than a series of biographical articles on members of the University of Pretoria (UP) History Department, all but one of which have already appeared in one or other South African historical journal. Far from inducing a yawn, however, the book interested me to such an extent that I read the whole in a single sitting. Taken together these biographies constitute a gripping account of the struggle for and against within one of the principal bastions of Afrikanerdom.

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