In this book, William Kelleher Storey shows that guns and discussions about guns during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth 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.Read more
- 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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Review of the hardback: '… without doubt the most stimulating and significant discussion concerning South Africa's colonial 'gun society' to have appeared since the publication in 1971 of the influential series of articles on guns in colonial Africa in the Journal of African History. Storey's study is consequently absolutely essential reading, not only for military historians of South Africa in the colonial period, but for all those with an interest in related technology, hunting, ecology, culture and society.' Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research
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- Date Published: March 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107403963
- length: 398 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- availability: Available
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.
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