n Historia - Belonging as simultaneously both a statement of identity and of political power
Belongings : Property, Family and Identity in Colonial South Africa (An Exploration of Frontiers, 1725-circa 1830), L.J. Mitchell : book review

Volume 54, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Theresa Edlmann
  • Source : Historia, Volume 54, Issue 2, Nov 2009, p. 243 - 244
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



This remarkable account of the colonisation of the Western Cape begins with an evocative sense of place: the source of the Olifants River in the Cedarberg Mountains. The river is the geographical, social and political frontier in relation to which Mitchell constructs her account of the colonisation of the early eighteenth century.

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