South West Africa in Early Times
Being the Story of South West Africa up to the Date of Maharero's Death in 1890
This book was originally published in 1966. This detailed study of the history of South West AFrica up to the date of Maharero's death in 1890 was originally published in German and appeared in an English version for the first time in 1938 when it was recognised as the first standard work on the subject. The author's extensive ethnological and linguistic studies made him especially well equipped to give a detailed account of the country and its people, and of the customs and languages of the different tribes.
A considerable part of the book deals with the gradual colonization of the country by European pioneers whose various adventures are recorded in a mass of 'old notes, letters, reports and diaries'; and the historical side is supplemented by an ethological account of the native tribes. This is a scholarly work which, with its regard for folklore and tribal tradition as well as for the facts of history, must recommend itself to all lovers of South West Africa.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Namaland, Hereroland and Ovamboland. 1. Discovery and Exploration. 2. The Country and its People. 3. Migrations and Dwelling-Places. Part 2: Namaland Against Hereroland. 1. Invasion and Warfare. 2. Under the Despotism of Windhoek. 3. Under the Domination of Okahandja. Part 3: Hereroland Against Namaland. 1. The Herero War of Freedom and the Orlam War. 2. The Ten Years of Peace: 1870-1880. 3. The Ten Years of War.
Heinrich Vedder, Cyril G. Hall