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Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521885096

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  • In this book, William Kelleher Storey shows that guns and discussions about guns during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries were fundamentally important to the establishment of racial discrimination in South Africa. Relying mainly on materials held in archives and libraries in Britain and South Africa, Storey explains the workings of the gun trade and the technological development of the firearms. He relates the history of firearms to ecological, political, and social changes, showing that there is a close relationship between technology and politics in South Africa.

    • Addresses the ways in which guns became part of politics and culture, of strong relevance to anyone with an interest in the firearms debate
    • Relevant to African history, technological history and the history of the British Empire
    • Accessible to both a general audience that does not have extensive familiarity with South African history and South African specialists
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    "Recommended." - Choice

    "William Storey's fascinating and densely researched book picks up the subject of guns in the political discourse in South Africa in the nineteenth century.... Storey has written a good account of the way gun ownership and the changing discourse of racial politics were interwoven. His argument weaves its way through the complexities of the story carefully and clearly. It is a worthy addition to Cambridge's African Series." - Richard Price, University of Maryland, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

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    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521885096
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Guns in colonial South African history
    2. Early colonialism and guns at the Cape up to 1795
    3. Guns, conflict, and political culture along the Eastern Frontier, 1795–1840
    4. Hunting, warfare, and guns along the Northern Frontier, 1795–1868
    5. Capitalism, race, and breechloaders, 1840–80
    6. Guns and the Langalibalele Affair, 1873–5
    7. Guns and confederation, 1875–6
    8. Risk, skill, and citizenship in the Eastern Cape, 1876–9.

  • Author

    William Kelleher Storey, Millsaps College, Mississippi

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