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Imagining the Cape Colony : history, literature, and the South African nation

Author: David Johnson
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2012.
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"David Johnson considers a variety of writers, from European intellectuals Camões, Southey, Rousseau and Adam Smith to travel writers like François Levaillant and Lady Anne Barnard, and from the diaries of settler rebels and early African nationalists to the courtroom testimonies of African slaves and farm workers. These are combined with discussions of the many subsequent literary works and histories of the Cape  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Johnson
ISBN: 9780748643080 0748643087 9780748664894 0748664890
OCLC Number: 730413651
Description: viii, 222 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Remembering the Khoikhoi victory over Dom Francisco de Almeida at the Cape in 1510 : Luís de Camões and Robert Southey --
French representations of the Cape 'Hottentots' : Jean Tavernier, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and François Levaillant --
The Scottish enlightenment and colonial governance : Adam Smith, John Bruce and Lady Anne Barnard --
African land for the American empire : John Adams, Benjamin Stout and Robert Semple --
Historical and literary reiterations of Dutch settler Republicanism --
Literature and Cape slavery --
History and the Griqua nation : Andries Waterboer and Hendrick Hendricks.
Responsibility: David Johnson.

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By returning to a pivotal moment in South African history - the Cape Colony in the period 1770-1830 - this book addresses current debates about nationalism, colonialism and neo-colonialism, and  Read more...

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