Kleio - Volume 37, Issue 1, 2005
Volume 37, Issue 1, 2005
The Notorious Syndicalist. J.T. Bain : A Scottish Rebel in Colonial South Africa, Jonathan Hyslop : book reviewAuthor F.A. MoutonSource: Kleio 37, pp 182 –183 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... doubtful whether the non-specialist reader will draw much from the allusions. For the most part, however, the non-specialist reader will draw a great deal from this book of impressive breadth and deep learning. The Italian Renaissance provides an excellent introduction to its theme ? particularly to its artistic ingredients. The book is generously illustrated. True, the illustrations are a little murky; but they are as good as one may reasonably expect of a textbook in this range. Burke emphasises, usefully, that the Renaissance has become an alien culture; his aim is its `decentralization'. Renaissance values are not those of ..
The Portable Bunyan : A Transnational History of The Pilgrim's Progress, Isabel Hofmeyr : book reviewAuthor Lindy SteibelSource: Kleio 37, pp 184 –185 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... THE PORTABLE BUNYAN: A TRANSNATIONAL HISTORY OF THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS Isabel Hofmeyr Johannesburg:Witwatersrand University Press; New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2004, xii + 314 pp. ISBN 1-86814-403-8 Hofmeyr's fascinating study of Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress ? which she describes as a `portmanteau text' (p. 28) ? has these same characteristics. Far from confining her comments to the book's literary merits, she unpacks the voluminous contents that have, over the years, been packed into this text. The Portable Bunyan thus has recourse to tracing missionary movements in Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; to a discussion of literacy and ..
The Shaping of Africa. Cosmographic Discourse and Cartographic Science in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Francesc Relano : book reviewAuthor Tilman DederingSource: Kleio 37 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... THE SHAPINGOF AFRICA. COSMOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE AND CARTOGRAPHIC SCIENCE IN LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN EUROPE Francesc Relan?o Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002, x + 271 pp., maps, bibl., index. ISBN 0-7546-0239-7 The deconstruction of the Eurocentric `idea of Africa' has recently been undertaken by a number of scholars, including the philosopher V. Y. Mudimbe, The Idea of Africa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994). Relan?o, however, is a political scientist and historian of cartography. He argues that `Africa' as a concept defined by spatial and temporal boundaries emerged only in the Renaissance period. In antiquity and during the Middle Ages the existence ..