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South African Kingdom : The Pursuit of Security in Nineteenth-Century Lesotho

Eldredge, Elizabeth A.

ISBN 10: 1868142299 / ISBN 13: 9781868142293
Editorial: Witwatersrand University Press / Cambridge University Press, New York, 1993
Condición: Good Encuadernación de tapa blanda
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Gift note inked on first page, else text clean & bright; binding tight; moderate wear to covers. 250 pages. Scarce. N° de ref. de la librería S107-027060

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Título: South African Kingdom : The Pursuit of ...

Editorial: Witwatersrand University Press / Cambridge University Press, New York

Año de publicación: 1993

Encuadernación: Soft Cover

Condición del libro:Good

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The Basotho kingdom emerged and consolidated in the dramatic and dangerous environment of nineteenth-century South Africa. Elizabeth Eldredge explores its transition from chiefdom to kingdom to the British colony of Basutoland. She provides a rich description of local agriculture and craft industries, including an analysis of the roles of women in production and politics. Emphasizing the resourcefulness of the Basotho, the book describes how they united in their struggle to sustain their society and economy in the face of political and environmental threats.

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"Impressively researched and influenced by the best of recent scholarship in various disciplines, Eldredge's study is an excellent example of the new history being written on southern Africa....There is no comparable work on Lesotho. Eldredge has made a very significant contribution to African studies." Choice

"...one of the first empirical studies from southern Africa which demonstrates what many feminists have long argued in theory -that women and gender were central to the formation of African states and in affecting the early transition to capitalism...Eldredge challenges many of the false assumptions of earlier scholarship not only on Lesotho but throughout the region...an impressive achievement...a strong empirical, methodological and theoretical edition to southern African history, and a powerful counterpoint to historiography which posits Africans as 'tribal,' passive or conservative by nature." Marc Epprecht, African Studies Review

"This book is a useful addition to the growing literature on the old Lesotho kingdom...Eldredges oral informants do tell her a great deal about the family organization of labour and changing gender roles during the transition from mixed farming to dependence on migrant labour. Her analysis is more subtle and convincing than that to be found in many other treatments of the subject." Norman Etherington, The International History Review

"This is the best book yet published on the history of an African people in nineteenth-century southern Africa. No previous work on such a people is as thoroughly researched, as complete, or contains such valuable insights." Leonard Thompson, American Historical Review

"...a thoughtful and challenging analysis of the history of Lesotho in the nineteenth century....Her book is a significant contribution to understanding the survival of an African people in the face of continuing threats." William F. Lye, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...infuses new breath into an old story, the emergence of the Basotho as a distinct people and the survival of their nation in the face of the aggressively expansionist regimes which became South Africa." Marc Epprecht, Canadian Journal of History

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