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This important study sheds light on the history of the South African interior during the eighteenth century, virtually a lost century in South African historiography, and yet one in which South Africa's specific variant of social discrimination first evolved. Susan Newton-King describes the tense and volatile relationship between European settlers and the indigenous Khoisan peoples. She probes beneath the surface to examine the underlying causes of the pervasive violence that marked relations beween masters and servants in the eastern Cape. Focusing on the fate of the many women and children…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This important study sheds light on the history of the South African interior during the eighteenth century, virtually a lost century in South African historiography, and yet one in which South Africa's specific variant of social discrimination first evolved. Susan Newton-King describes the tense and volatile relationship between European settlers and the indigenous Khoisan peoples. She probes beneath the surface to examine the underlying causes of the pervasive violence that marked relations beween masters and servants in the eastern Cape. Focusing on the fate of the many women and children captured by Boer commandoes, she shows why they were assimilated to the condition of captive labour. She also provides the first detailed account of the'Bushman war' on the north-east frontier. Her analysis links the frontier economy and the markets and merchants of Cape Town, and indicates the overriding importance of the commercial policies of the Dutch East India Company.

Table of contents:
1. Introduction; 2. Introducing the characters; 3. Initial encounters of an uncertain kind; 4. 'A multitude of lawless banditti'; 5. Strong things; 6. 'The frenzy of the heathen'; 7. The enemy within; 8. 'We do not live like beasts'; 9. 'A time of breathing'; 10. Postscript.

This book is about the conquest and reduction to servitude of the Khoisan in the eastern Cape in the period up to 1799. It sheds light on the history of the South African interior during the late eighteenth century, when South Africa's specific variant of social discrimination first evolved.

A history of the conquest and servitude of the Khoisan in the Cape eastern frontier.