oa Alternation - De Mist, Race and Nation

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The 'Future of the Past' Conference at the University of the Western Cape in July 1996 drew vigorous prescriptions from a range of eminent scholars as to how a post-apartheid history-writing should proceed'. Rather than engage in detail with those arguments, this article is offered as an attempt to re-read one particular historical figure-Jacobus Abraham De Mist-through the dramatically-adjusted lenses of the 1990s. My argument is that while a concern with race filtered commentaries on De Mist during the apartheid years, his writings might now be re-read with an eye to how he understood nascent forms of nationhood.

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