n Historia - Introduction to "Reflections on Land, Office and Wealth in the South African Republic, 1850-1900"

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The emphasis on nationalism in the study of Afrikaner people in South Africa has meant that important, probably crucial. social relations in the South African Republic (between 1850 and 1900) have been very largely ignored. In particular there has been little or no examination of property relationships and the forms of production which these created. By focusing our attention on these relationships we may gain new insights not only into the development of classes within Afrikaner society but also into the state which supported and maintained those structures. This essay must serve as a tentative and preliminary attempt to outline some important aspects of these social relationships.

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