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The Imperial Factor in South Africa
A Study in Politics and Economics

ISBN 9781032308050
Published October 5, 2022 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Originally published in 1937 and written by de Kiewiet who in his lifetime was recognized as one of the premier historians of British imperial policy and African history, this book covers the years 1871-1885 in South Africa’s history, discussing racial, social and economic issues. These cover the initiation and collapse of Lord Carnarvon’s confederation policy, the annexation and the retrocession of the Transvaal, the Sekukuni, Zulu and Cape-Bastuto wars, the last of the nine Kaffir wars on the Eastern frontier of the Cape, the creation of the (then) Basutoland Protectorate and the development of the Kimberley diamond mines. Using original source material such as the Colonial Office Departmental minutes, he considers and explains the British policy.

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Cornelis W. de Kiewiet was President of Cornell and Rochester Universities, USA.


‘ …extraordinary thoroughness and sympathetic understanding…’ The American Historical Review (April 1938)

‘…solidly based on original papers in the Public Record Office, and the author seems to have spared no pains to extract from them the last relevant detail.’ International Affairs, July 1938

‘This book is an important aid to better understanding…such impartial sympathy for all parties concerned as must carry conviction.’ The New Statesman January 1938