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Masters and Servants on the Cape Eastern Frontier, 1760–1803


Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121248

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  • This important study sheds light on the history of the South African interior during the eighteenth century, a time 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 between 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 a 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.

    • Sheds light on the history of the eighteenth-century South African interior, during which South Africa's specific variant of social discrimination first evolved.
    • Provides a detailed published account of the 'Bushman war' on the north east frontier, with attention to the identity and motives of the resisters
    • Uses material to analyse the workings of the frontier economy
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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121248
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Susan Newton-King, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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