n Historia - Long overdue publication
The Politics of a South African Frontier : The Griqua, the Sotho-Tswana, and the Missionaries, 1780-1840, Martin Chatfield Legassick : book review

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



For those familiar with South African historiography and in particular its revisionist trend which emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Martin Legassick's doctoral thesis, , requires no introduction. This landmark thesis, submitted in 1969 to the University of California at Los Angeles, has become one of the most influential studies on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century South African frontier. Given that it is one of the "most widely cited dissertations in Southern African historiography" (p ix), it is indeed surprising that it is only now, some 40 years after its original production, that this masterful work has been published.

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