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A lion amongst the cattle : reconstruction and resistance in the Northern Transvaal

Author: Peter Delius
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann ; Johannesburg : Ravan Press ; Oxford : J. Currey, 1996.
Series: Social history of Africa.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Peter Delius presents a carefully crafted and powerfully argued study of politics in rural South Africa from the 1930s to the 1980s. Although focusing on the former Pedi kingdom, he addresses a broader set of issues about the lived experiences of African societies forced onto the reserves. Delius carefully documents how these communities bore the burden of nurturing new generations of migrant workers, sustaining  Read more...
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Delius, Peter (Peter Nicholas St. Martin).
Lion amongst the cattle.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann ; Johannesburg : Ravan Press ; Oxford : J. Currey, 1996
(OCoLC)605984641
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Delius
ISBN: 0435074164 9780435074166 0435074156 9780435074159 0869754890 9780869754894 0852556756 9780852556757 085255625X 9780852556252
OCLC Number: 35651241
Description: xvi, 268 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Social history of Africa.
Responsibility: Peter Delius.

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