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Selected Publications

Prof Bill Nasson


1. Abraham Esau's War: A Black South African War in the Cape 1899-1902  (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991) ISBN 0521 385121 pp.244

1a. Reissued by Cambridge in PB (2002)

2. Education: From Poverty to Liberty, co-edited with John Samuel  (David Philip, Cape Town, 1991), ISBN 0 86486 154 0 pp.203

3. All, Here and Now: Black Politics in South Africa in the 1980s, principal co-author with T. Lodge et al. (Ford, New York, 1991 and David Philip, Cape Town, 1991) ISBN 0 86486 213 X pp.415

4. The South African War 1899-1902  (Arnold, London, 1999 and Oxford University Press, New York, 1999) ISBN 0 340 74154 6 pp.304

4a. Dutch-language version, with additional chapter: Den Boerenoorlog 1899-1902  (Verloren, Hilversum, 1999), ISBN 90 6550 082 0 pp.301

5. Uyadela Wen'Osulapho: Black Participation in the Anglo-Boer War  (Ravan, Johannesburg, 1999), ISBN 0 86975 523 4 pp.58

6. Britannia's Empire: Making a British World  (Tempus, Stroud, 2004), ISBN 0 7524 2958 2 pp.254 

6a. PB edition, with minor changes: Britannia's Empire: A Short History of the British Empire  (Tempus, Stroud, 2006) ISBN 0 7524 3808 5 pp.358

6b. Das Britische Empire: Ein Weltreich unterm Union Jack  (Magnus-Verlag, Essen, 2007): German-language version, with new introduction ISBN 9783884004432 pp.270  

7. Springboks on the Somme: South Africa in the Great War 1914-18   (Penguin, Johannesburg, 2007; Penguin, Global, 2008) ISBN 978 0 143 02535 1 pp.257: new 2010 edition of 1999 The South African War


Book recognition: shortlist, Herskovits African Studies Book Prize (Abraham Esau's War 1992); Recommended Book, Library Society of New York  (Britannia's Empire, 2005); UCT Book Award Recipient (twice) 


Minor titles

People and Power, Book Two, co-authored with I. Phimister et al. (Academic, Harare, 1993), Zimbabwean GCE history textbook. ISBN 0949 229 190 pp.178


Book chapters

1. 'Tommy Atkins in South Africa', in P. Warwick (ed.), The South African War 1899-1902 (Longman, London, 1980) ISBN 0 582 78526 X pp.123-38

2. 'Perspectives on Education in South Africa', in S. Burman and P. Reynolds (eds.), Growing up in a Divided Society: The Contexts of Childhood in South Africa (Ravan, Johannesburg, 1986) ISBN 0 86975 306 1 pp.93-114 (reprinted Northwestern University Press, Chicago, 1990)

3. 'She preferred living in a cave with Harry the snake-catcher: Towards an Oral History of Popular Leisure and Class Expression in District Six, Cape Town, c.1920s-1950s', in P. Bonner et al. (eds.), Holding Their Ground: Class, Locality  and Culture in 19th and 20th Century South Africa  (Ravan, Johannesburg, 1989)

ISBN 0 86975 398 3 pp.285-309

4. 'Opposition Politics and Ideology in the Western Cape', in G. Moss and I. Obery (eds.), South African Review Five  (Ravan, Johannesburg, 1989) ISBN 0869 75394 0 pp.91-105 (reprinted Hans Zell, Oxford, 1990)

5. 'Education and Poverty', in Nasson and Samuel (eds.), Education: From Poverty to Liberty   (1991), pp.88-108

6. 'Redefining Inequality: Education Reform and the State in Contemporary South Africa', in Nasson and Samuel (eds.), Education: From Poverty to Liberty  (1991), pp.48-78

7. 'Modernization as Legitimation: Education and the State in the 1980s', in M.O. Nkomo (ed.), Pedagogy of Domination: Toward a Democratic Education in South Africa (Africa World Press, Trenton, NJ, 1992) ISBN 0 86543 153 1 pp.147-78

8. 'Oral History and the Reconstruction of District Six', in S. Jeppie and C. Soudien (eds.), The Struggle for District Six  (Buchu, Cape Town, 1990) ISBN 0958 30573 0 pp.44-66

9. 'Abraham Esau's War, 1899-1901: Martyrdom, Myth and Folk Memory in Calvinia, South Africa', in R. Samuel and P. Thompson (eds.), The Myths We Live By  (Routledge, London, 1990) ISBN 0 415 03490 6 pp.111-26

10. 'Political Ideologies in the Western Cape', in Lodge and Nasson, All, Here and Now  (1991), pp.205-32

11. 'The Unity Movement Tradition: Its Legacy in Historical Consciousness', in J. Brown et al. (eds.), History from South Africa: Alternative Visions and Practices  (Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1991) ISBN 0 87722 845 5 pp.144-64 (chapter version of 1990 RHR  article)

12. 'Bobbies to Boers: Police, People, and Social Control in Cape Town, 1880s -1950', in D.M. Anderson and D. Killingray (eds.), Policing the Empire: Government, Authority and Control, 1830-1940  (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1991) ISBN 0 7190 3035 8 pp.236-54

13. 'Le Zulu Blanc: South African Infantry in Flanders', in P.H. Liddle (ed.), Passchendaele in Perspective: The Third Battle of Ypres  (Leo Cooper, London, 1997) ISBN 0 85052 552 7 pp.292-305

14. 'Armistice 1915 and 1918: The South African Experience', in P. Liddle and H. Cecil (eds.), At the Eleventh Hour: Reflections, Hopes and Anxieties at the Close of the Great War, 1918  (Leo Cooper, London, 1998) ISBN 85052 6094 pp.213-26

15. 'Propertia', in H. Jaffe and A. Romagnoli (eds.), Politica Economia  (Jaca, Milano, 1998) ISBN 88 16 43920 3 pp.133-59

16. 'Africans at War', in J. Gooch (ed.), The Boer War: Direction, Experience and Image (Frank Cass, London, 2000) ISBN 0 7146 5101 X pp.126-40

17. 'The South African War and Political Memory in South Africa', in T. Ashplant et al. (eds.), The Politics of War Memory and Commemoration  (Routledge, London, 2000) ISBN 0 415 24261 4 pp.111-28 (reprinted as Commemorating War, Rutgers University Press, 2004)

18. 'South Africa', in H. Cecil, J. Bourne and P. Liddle (eds.), Lightning Strikes Twice: Personal and National Experience in the World Wars  (Harper Collins, London, 2001) ISBN 0 00711 6330 pp.243-57

19. 'Black Communities in Natal and the Cape', in D. Omissi and A.S. Thompson (eds.), The Impact of the South African War, 1899-1902  (Macmillan Palgrave, London, 2002) ISBN 0 333 776992 pp.38-55

20. 'The War One Hundred Years On', in G. Cuthbertson et al. (eds.), Writing a Wider War: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Identity in the South African War, 1899-1902  (Ohio University Press, Athens, 2002) ISBN 0 86486 607 0 pp.3-17

21. 'Anglo-Boer War Commemoration in Post-Apartheid South Africa', in D. Walkowitz and L. Knauer (eds.), Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space  (Duke University Press, Raleigh, NC, 2004) ISBN 0 8223 3377 5 pp.277-94 (chapter version of 2000 RHR  article)

22. 'The Anglo-Boer War: Race, Conflict and Reconciliation', in A.W. Oliphant, P. Delius and L. Meltzer (eds.), Democracy X: Marking the Present/Re-Presenting the Past  (UNISA Press, Pretoria/Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2004) ISBN 1 86888 325 6 pp.56-62

23. 'History: The Meaning and Role of History in Human Development', Theme 4.3 in The UNESCO Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems  (UNESCO/EOLSS Publishers, Oxford, 2004), http://www.eolss.net 18pp.

24. 'Spioenkop, 1900' and 'Paardeberg, 1900', in M. Rayner (ed.), Battlefields: The Arenas of War, 1805-1945  (New Holland, London, 2006) ISBN 1 84537 175 5 pp.83-98

25. 'Cheap if not always cheerful: French West Africa in the World Wars in Black and White in Colour and Le Camp de Thiaroye, in V. Bickford-Smith and R. Mendelsohn (eds.), Black and White in Colour: African History on Film  (James Currey, Oxford, 2006) ISBN 1 84701 522 0 pp.148-68

26. 'Contesting Racism in South Africa', in C. Fink, F. Hadler and T. Schramm (eds.), 1956: European and Global Perspectives  (Leipzig University Press, Leipzig, 2006) ISBN 3 937209 56 5 pp.215-32

27. 'Civilians in the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902', in J. Laband (ed.), Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Africa: From Slavery to Rwandan Genocide  (Greenwood, Westport, CT, 2007) ISBN 0 313 33540 0 pp.85-112

28. 'The War for South Africa', in H. Giliomee and B. Mbenga (eds.), New History of South Africa (Tafelberg, Cape Town, 2007) ISBN 10 0 624 04359 2 pp.205-223 

29. 'Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902)'  in Keerpunte in  die Geskiedenis  Boek 3: Migrasie, Grond en Minerale in die Wording van Suid-Afrika  (Tafelberg, Kaapstad, 2007) ISBN 10 0 624 044734 pp.61-75.   

30. 'Blacks who backed the Boers: Republican Commando Auxiliaries in the Anglo-Boer or South African War, 1899-1902', in S.M. Miller (ed.), Soldiers and Settlers in Africa, 1850-1914  (Brill, Amsterdam, 2009)

31. 'Piet on Peat: The Irish Romance of Afrikaner Anti-Imperialism', in R.J. Blyth and K. Jeffery (eds.), The British Empire and its Contested Pasts  (Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 2009)  ISBN 9780 716530169 pp.253 - 71

32. 'John Buchan and the Creation of the Springbok Warrior', in K. Macdonald (ed.), Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: Reassessing John Buchan   (Chatto & Pickering, London, 2009)   

33. 'Conquest', in J. Parker & R. Reid (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History  (Oxford University Press, Oxford) 


Books: guest foreword/introduction

Preface to Turning Points in History, Books 1-6 (STE, Pretoria, 2004) pp.8-10

Foreword to Every Step of the Way: The Journey to Freedom in South Africa  (HSRC Press, Cape Town, 2004) pp.vi-x (for Professor Kader Asmal, Minister of Education)

Preface to Turning Points in Human Rights, Books 1-4 (STE, Pretoria, 2007), pp.9-12


Articles and essays

1. '"These natives think this war to be their own": Reflections on Blacks in the Cape Colony during the South African War, 1899-1902', Collected Seminar Papers on the Societies of Southern Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Vol.11 (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 1981), pp.36-47

2. '"Doing down their masters": Africans, Boers and Treason in the Cape Colony during the South African War, 1899-1902', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 12, 1 (1983) pp.29-53

3. 'Moving Lord Kitchener: Black Military Transport and Supply Work in the South African War, 1899-1902', The Journal of Southern African Studies, 11, 1 (1984) pp.25-51

4. 'The Defence of Inequality: Schooling and the State, with particular reference to South Africa', The Journal of Education with Production, 2, 1 (1983) pp.49-72

5. Education and Poverty: Some Perspectives, SALDRU Policy Paper No.2 (University of Cape Town, 1983), pp.37

6. Bitter Harvest: Farm Schooling for Black South Africans, SALDRU Carnegie Paper No.97 (University of Cape Town, 1984), pp.36

7. 'Education and Poverty in South Africa', Africa Insight, 14, 3 (1984), pp.22-33

8. 'White farm schools: The Educational Cinderella', Matlhasedi Education Bulletin, 3, 2/3 (1984), pp.11-18

9. 'Ambiguous Hope: Education and Poverty', Social Dynamics, 10, 1 (1984), pp.1-19

10. 'Abraham Esau: A Calvinia Martyr in the Anglo-Boer War', Social Dynamics, 11, 1 (1985), pp.65-73

11. 'With Smuts on Table Mountain: Oral History in Cape Town', Jagger Journal, 6 (1985/86), pp.36-43

12. 'Cape Town Speaks: The Oral History Project', CABO, 4, 1 (1986), pp.29-33

13. 'Bitter Harvest: Farm Schooling for Black South Africans', Perspectives in Education, 10, 1 (1988), pp.13-44 (revised version of 1984 SALDRU Paper)

14. 'The Oral Historian and Historical Formation in Cape Town', Studies in the  History of Cape Town, Vol.6 (University of Cape Town, 1988) ISBN 07992 11516 pp.13-24

15. 'Abraham Esau: Martyrdom, Myth and Folk Memory', African Affairs, 87, 347 (1988), pp.239-65

16. 'Oral History: Western Cape Excerpts and Commentary', CABO, 4, 4 (1989) pp.4-8

17. 'The Unity Movement: Its Legacy in Historical Consciousness', Radical History Review, 46/7 (1990), pp.189-211

18. 'Americanism and the New World Order', Swords and Ploughshares, 5, 3 (1991), pp.8-13

19. Remaking Apartheid Education, IIE Working Papers (New York, 1992), pp.31-49

20. 'Messing with Coloured People: The 1918 Police Strike in Cape Town, South Africa', The Journal of African History, 33, 2 (1992), pp.301-19

21. 'The Great War and South African Historiography', La Grande Guerre: Pays, Histoire, Memoire, 6 (1993), pp.9-18

22. 'A Great Divide: South African Responses to the Great War, 1914-1918', War and Society, 12, 1 (1994), pp.47-64

23. 'The Priest, the Chapel and the Repentant Landowner: Abraham Esau Revisited', African Affairs, 93, 387 (1994), pp.3-20

24. 'War Opinion in South Africa, 1914', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 23, 2 (1995), 248-78

25. 'Springboks et Autriches: les reactions Sud-Africaines au declenchement de la Guerre', Guerres Mondiales et Conflits Contemporains, 179 (1995), pp.61-81

26. 'The Western Cape and the South African War, 1899-1902', CABO, 10, 1 (1995), pp.21-27.

27. 'A Springbok on the Somme: Joe Samuels, a South African Veteran of the Great War', Oral History, 25, 2 (1997), pp.31-38

28. 'Commemorating the Anglo-Boer War in Post-Apartheid South Africa', Radical History Review, 47 (2000), pp.149-65

29. 'John Buchan's South African Visions', The John Buchan Journal, 26 (2002), pp.29-35

30. 'Waging Total War in South Africa', The Journal of Military History, 66, 3 (2002), pp.813-28

31. 'John Buchan, the Great War, and Springbok Achievement', The John Buchan Journal, 28 (2003), pp.14-24

32. 'Cape not Cairo', History Workshop Journal, 55 (2003), pp.191-98

33. 'Why they Fought: Black Cape Colonists and Imperial Wars, 1899-1918', The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 37, 1 (2004), pp.55-70

34. 'Delville Wood and South African Great War Commemoration', The English Historical Review, 119, 480 (2004), pp.55-88

35. 'The Deal (2007): Gladstone, Disraeli and a South African Historian in the Court of King Hollywood', The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 29 (2009) 

36. 'A Springbok of British Skies: A.G. "Sailor" Malan', Kronos: Journal of South African Histories, 35 (2009) 

Prof Albert Grundlingh


Die "Hendsoppers" en "Joiners": die rasionaal en verskynsel van verraad. HAUM, Pretoria, 1979. Protea Boekhuis, Pretoria, 1999. 379 pp. 

Fighting their own war: South African blacks and the First World War. Ravan Press, Johannesburg, 1987. 201 pp.

Beyond the tryline: Rugby and South African society. Ravan Press, Johannesburg, 1995. 150 pp (Mede-outeur).

Writing a wider war: rethinking gender, race and identity in the South African War,1899-1902. Ohio University Press, Athens, 2003. 345 pp (Mede-redakteur).

The Dynamics of treason: Boer collaboration in the South African War of 1899-1902. Protea Book house, Pretoria, 2006. 532 pp.

Van Volksmoeder tot fokofpolisiekar: Kritiese opstelle oor Afrikaanse herinneringsplekke. Sun Media, Stellenbosch, 2008. 217 pp. (Mede-redakteur).

Akademiese artikels en bydraes in boeke

1973    "Die doelstellinge van geskiedenisonderrig op skool", Historia, September 1973.

1977    "Die stigting en ontwikkeling van Senekal", 1875-1899 in J. J. Oberholster (red.), Senekal, Bloemfontein, 1977.

1978    "New Perspectives on Britain's conduct of the Anglo-Boer War", Kleio, 1978.

1979    "Die Rebellie van 1914: 'n historiografiese verkenning", Kleio, 1979.

1980    "The collaborators in Boer society", in P. Warwick and S. B. Spies (eds.), The South African War, 1899-1902, Longman, 1980.

1982    "Sielkunde vir die historikus: praktiese moontlikheid of idealistiese wensdenkery?" Historia, Sept 1982.

1984    "George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four: Some reflections on its relevance to the study of history in South Africa", Kleio, 1984.

1985    "Black men in a white man's war: The impact of the First World War on South African blacks", War and Society, May 1985. (Australian Journal).

"Manufacturing history in current South African society", History News, 1985.

"Maurice Boucher: Colleague and Historian", Kleio, 1985. (Met GC Cuthbertson).

1986    "The prelude to the Anglo-Boer War", in S. B. Spies (ed.), New Illustrated History of South Africa, Cape Town, 1986.

"The 'Hendsoppers' and 'Joiners'", in ibid.

"Die funksie van gefabriseerde tradisie in die gebruik van Kleurlinge in militêre verband, 1912-1985", Kleio, 1986.

1987    "Sosiale geskiedenis en die dilemma in Afrikanergeskiedskrywing", Suid-Afrikaanse Historiese Joernaal, 10, 1987.

"The impact of the First World War on South African Blacks", in M. Page (ed.), Africa and the First World War, Macmillan, London, 1987.

1989    "From feverish festival to repetitive ritual? The changing fortunes of Great Trek mythology in an industrialising South Africa, 1938-1988" (met H. Sapire), South African Historical Journal, 22, 1989. (Ook in M. Trump et al African Studies Forum, Pretoria, 1991).

1990    "Politics, principles and problems of a profession: Afrikaner historians and their discipline, c1920-c1965", Perspectives in Education, 12, 1990.

"Oorlog en onrus: Vertolkings van resente Suid-Afrikaanse militêre geskiedenis", South African Historical Journal, 23, 1990.

"Die Afrikaner, die wit Afrikaan en die problematiek van 'n geskiedsbeeld" in M. Hofmeyer et al, Wit Afrikane?, Johannesburg, 1990.

1991    "Nation-building and history in South Africa: probing the pitfalls and prospects", in W. S. Vorster (ed.), Building a new nation, Pretoria, 1991.

"Protectors and friends of the people? The South African Constabulary in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, 1900-1908", in D. M. Anderson and D. Killingray (eds.), Policing the Empire: Government, authority and control, 1830-1940, Manchester, 1991.

1992    "'God het ons arm mense die houtjies gegee': 'Poor white' woodcutters in the Southern Cape forest area, c 1900-1939", in R. Morrel (ed.), White but poor: essays on the history of poor whites in South Africa, 1880-1940, Pretoria, 1992.

"Some problematical issues in the restructuring of history education in South Africa", South African Historical Journal, 26, May 1992. (Met G. Cuthbertson.) (Ook in A.

Dickinson, P. Gordon, P. Lee and L. Slater (eds.), International Yearbook of History Education, London, 1995).

"Sosiale geskiedenis en Afrikaanse geskiedskrywing in 'n veranderende Suid-Afrika",  in H. C. Bredekamp (red.), Afrikaanse geskiedskrywing en letterkunde: Verlede, hede en toekoms, Bellville, 1992.

"Social history and Afrikaans historical writing in a changing South Africa: problems and prospects", University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Societies of Southern Africa in the 19th and 20th century, vol. 19, 1992.

"'War, wordsmiths and the 'volk': Afrikaans historical writing on the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 and the war in Afrikaner nationalist consciousness, 1902-1990", in C. Reckwitz and E. Lehmann (eds.), Essays on Literature and History, Essen, 1992.

1993    "Afrikaner nationalism and white politics, 1934-1948"; "South Africa and the Second World War, 1939-1945"; "Segregation, black politics and trade unionism, 1934-1948" in B. J. Liebenberg and S. B. Spies (eds.), South Africa in the Twentieth century, Pretoria, 1993.

"Structures for sociologists: A historical perspective on associations for sociologists in South Africa, 1967-1991", in N. Romm and M. Sarakinsky (eds.), Social theory,

Johannesburg, 1993.

"Historical writing and the state archives in a changing South Africa", South African Archives Journal, 1993.                                                                      

1994    "In gesprek met Prof C. F. J. Muller", Kleio, 1994.

"Playing for power? Rugby, Afrikaner nationalism and masculinity in South Africa, c.1900-c.1970", International Journal of the History of Sport, December 1994. (Ook in J. Nauright and T. J. L. Chandler (eds.), Making men: Rugby and masculine identity, Frank Cass, London, 1996).

1995    "Politics and practicalities of history teaching in South Africa", in V. McKay (eds.), sociology of educating, Johannesburg, 1995. (Met G. Cuthbertson).

1996    "In the net of history': Burridge Spies and the representation of the past", Kleio, 1996. (met G. Cuthbertson).

"Probing the prophet: The psychology and politics of the Siener van Rensburg Phenomenon", South African Historical Journal, 34, 1996.

"Paul Kruger", in J. Carruthers (ed.), The Jameson Raid, Brenthurst Press, 1996.

1997    Transcending Transitions? The social history tradition of historical writing in South Africa in the 1990s. Inaugural lecture, Unisa Press, 1997.

"Publishing the past: Ravan Press and historical writing" in G. de Villiers (ed.), Ravan: Twenty Five Years: A commemorative volume of new writing, Ravan 1997.

1998    "From redemption to recidivism? Rugby and change in South Africa during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and its aftermath", Sporting Traditions: Australian Journal of Sport History, May 1998.

1999    "The King's Afrikaners? Enlistment and ethnic identity in the Union of South Africa's Defence Force during the Second World War, 1939-1945", Journal of African History, 42, 1999.

"The bitter legacy of the Boer War", History Today, November 1999.

2001    A cultural conundrum? Old monuments and new regimes: The Voortrekker monument as symbol of Afrikaner power in a post-apartheid South Africa", Radical History Review , Fall, 2001.

"Herhistorisering en herposisionering: Aspekte van geskiedsbeoefing in hedendaagse Suid Afrika", Historia, November 2001.

2002    "The war in 20th century Afrikaner consciousness" in D. Omissi en A. S. Thompson, The impact of the South African War, London, 2002.

"The National Women's Monument: The making and mutation of meaning in Afrikaner memory of the South African War", in A. Grundlingh, G. Cuthbertson and M-L. Suttie (eds.), Writing a wider war: Rethinking gender, race and identity in the South African War, Ohio Press, 2002.

2003    "'Gone to the dogs': The cultural politics of gambling – the rise and fall of British greyhound racing on the Witwatersrand, 1932- 1949", South African Historical Journal, 48, May 2003.

"'Commémoration, Commémorations, L'Instrumentalisation Politque de Commémoration du Centenaire de la Guerre Sud-Africaine de 1899- 1902, Politique Africaine, 12, June 2003.

"Some trends in South African academic history: Changing contexts and challenges", in S. Jeppie (ed.), Rethinking history , Cape Town, 2003.

2004    "Reframing remembrance: the politics of the centenary commemorations of the South African War of 1899-1902", Journal of Southern African Studies, 30, 2, June 2004.

"'Rocking the boat?' The Voëlvry music movement in South Africa: Anatomy of Afrikaans anti-apartheid protest in the eighties", International Journal of African

Historical Studies, 37, 3, 2004

2005    "The politics of popular pursuits and celebratory events in the construction of everyday Afrikaner nationalism", in S. Dubow and A. Jeeves (eds.), Worlds of possibility: South Africa in the 40s, Double Storey, Cape Town, 2005.

"Black men in a white man's war: The impact of the First World War on South African blacks", in M. Neiberg (ed.), The International Library of Essays on Military History: World War I, Ashgate Publishers, Hants, 2005.

2006    "History on the hill: Aspects of scholarship and scholarly life at the Unisa History Department, 1968-2000", Kleio: A journal of Historical Studies from Africa, 37, 2006.

"Revisting the 'old' South Africa: Excursions into South Africa's tourist history under apartheid, 1948 – 1990.", South African Historical Journal, 56 , 2006.

2007    "Die historiese in die hede: Dinamika van die De la Rey fenomeen in Afrikanerkringe, 2006-2007", New Contree, 53, May 2007.

2008    "Are we Afrikaners getting too rich? Cornucopia and change in Afrikanerdom in the 1960s", Journal of Historical Sociology, 21, 2008.

"Rands for rugby: Ramifications of the professionalisation of South African rugby, 1995-2007.", in G. Ryan, The Changing Face of Rugby. The Union Game and Professionalism since 1995, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2008.

"Rugby", in A. M. Grundlingh and S. Huigen (eds.), Van Volksmoeder tot fokofpolisiekar: Kritiese opstelle oor Afrikaanse herinneringsplekke, Sun Media, Stellenbosch, 2008.

Prof Sandra Swart 


Sole-authored, Riding High – horses, humans and history in South Africa (Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 2010). Long listed for Alan Paton Award 2011.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 7

Chapter 8


Radelose Rebellie? (Protea, 2009). Co-authored with Albert Grundlingh.

Canis Africanis – a dog history of Southern Africa (Brill, 2008). Co-edited with Lance Van Sittert.

Breeds of Empire: The 'invention' of the horse in the Philippines and Southern Africa, 1500-1950 (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press 2007). Co-authored with Greg Bankoff.

Academic Journal Articles

Lize Marie van der Watt and Sandra Swart, "Falling off the map: South Africa, Antarctica and Empire, c. 1919 – 1939", The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 43 (2), 2015.

Sandra Swart, "'It is as bad to be a black man's animal as it is to be a black man' – the politics of species in Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa", Journal of Southern African Studies, 40, 4, 2014.

Danielle Dunbar and Sandra Swart, "The Devil Rejoiced: Volk, Devils and Moral Panic in White South Africa, 1978-1982", Journal of Historical Sociology, 28(2), June 2015, pp. 236-263.

Danielle Dunbar and Sandra Swart, "'No less a foe than Satan himself': The Devil, Transition and Moral Panic in White South Africa, 1989 – 1993", Journal of Southern African Studies (2012).

Sandra Swart, "The World the Horses Made – a South African case study of writing animals into social history", International Review of Social History, 55, 2, 2010.

Sandra Swart, "'The terrible laughter of the Afrikaner' – towards a social history of humour", Journal of Social History, 42:4, Summer, 2009.

Sandra Swart and L.M. Van der Watt, "Taaltriomf or taalverdriet? An aspect of the roles of Eugène Marais and Gustav Preller in the Second Language Movement c. 1905-1927", Historia, 53, 2, 2008.

Sandra Swart, "'High Horses' – horses, class and socio-economic change in South Africa", Journal of Southern African Studies, 34, 1, 2008.

Sandra Swart, '"But Where's the Bloody Horse?": Textuality and Corporeality in the "Animal Turn", Journal of Literary Studies, 23, 3, 2007.

Sandra Swart, "'Motherhood and Otherhood' – gendered citizenship and Afrikaner women in the South African 1914 Rebellion". African Historical Review, 39, 1, 2007.

Sandra Swart, "The 'Five Shilling Rebellion'– rural white male anxiety and the 1914 Boer Rebellion", South African Journal of History, 56, 2006.

Sandra Swart, "The Construction of Eugène Marais as an Afrikaner Hero", Journal of Southern African Studies, 30, 4, 2004.

Sandra Swart, "'Bushveld Magic' and 'Miracle doctors' – an exploration of Eugène Marais and C. Louis Leipoldt's experiences in the Waterberg, South Africa, c.1906-1917", Journal of African History, 45, 2004.

Sandra Swart, "'Men of Influence' – The Ontology of Leadership in the 1914 Boer Rebellion", Journal of Historical Sociology, 17, 1, 2004.

Sandra Swart, "Dogs and Dogma: a discussion of the socio-political construction of Southern African dog breeds as a window on social history", South African Historical Journal, 48, 2003.

Sandra Swart, "Mythic Bushmen in Afrikaans Literature - The Dwaalstories of Eugène N. Marais", Current Writing 15, 3, 2003. 

Sandra Swart, "'An irritating Pebble in Kruger's shoe' – Eugène Marais and Land en Volk in the ZAR, 1891-1896", Historia, 48, 2, 2003. 

Lance van Sittert and Sandra Swart, "Canis Familiaris – a dog history of South Africa", South African Historical Journal, 48, 2003.

Sandra Swart, "Desperate men – Rebellion and the politics of poverty in the 1914 Rebellion", South African Journal of History, 42, 2001.

Sandra Swart, "A Boer and his gun and his wife are three things always together", Journal of Southern African Studies, 24, 4, 1998.

Wesley Mwatwara and Sandra Swart, "'It is no use advising us! Command us and we will obey' Livestock management in colonial Zimbabwe during the 'betterment' era, c.1930-51", Environment and History, 21, 2015

Wesley Mwatwara and Sandra Swart, "If our cattle die, we eat them but these white people bury and burn them!' African Livestock Regimes, Veterinary Knowledge and the Emergence of a Colonial Order in Southern Rhodesia, c. 1860–1902", Kronos, 41, 2015.


Prof Wessel Visser

Academic Journal Articles

1)  "Geskiedenisonderrig en die ontwikkeling van perspektiwiese, ewewigtige en kritiese denke by die blanke skoolgaande jeug" (Die Unie, Jaargang 86, Nr. 5, November 1989, pp.142-144).

2) "People's History en Geskiedenisonderrig op skool: 'n alternatiewe geskiedenis vir die Nuwe Suid-Afrika?" (Gister en Vandag, Nr. 25, Mei 1993, pp.32-39).

3)  "Deurlopende Sillabusontwikkeling vir groter inhoudsrelevansie. Enkele didaktiese riglyne vir die toepassing van kontemporêre geskiedenismateriaal op skoolvlak" (Gister en Vandag, Nr.28, Oktober 1994, pp.21-28).

4) "Die politieke, ekonomiese en sosiale gevolge van die ontdekking van minerale met betrekking tot arbeid in Suid-Afrika" (Gister en Vandag, Nr.32, Oktober 1996, pp.24-32).

5)  "White Labour Aristocracy and Black Proletariat : The Origins and Deployment of South Africa's  racially divided Working Class" (ITH Tagungsberichte 34: Die Arbeiterbewegung – Ein gescheitertes Projekt der Moderne?, Akademische Verlaganstalt, Vienna, 2000, pp.220-245).

6)  "Hvidt Arbejderaristokrati og sort proletareat" (Arbejder Historie, Tidsskrift for Historie og Politik, (2) 2001, pp.52-69).

7)  "The Star in the East. South African Socialist Expectations and Responses to the Outbreak of the Russian Revolution" (South African Historical Journal (44), May 2001, pp.40-71).

8)  "The Uneasy Electoral Relationship between Socialists and the South African Labour Party, 1910-1924" (Historia, Vol. 47 (1), May 2002, pp.83-104).

9)  "The South African labour movement's response to the outbreak of the First World War and to declarations of Martial Law, 1913-1922" (Scientia Militaria, Vol. 31 (2), 2003, pp. 142-157).

10) "The Production of Literature on the 'Red Peril' and 'Total Onslaught' in Twentieth-Century South Africa" (Historia, Vol. 49 (2), November 2004, pp.105-128).

11)  "To Fight the Battles of the Workers": The Emergence of Pro-strike Publications in early Twentieth-Century South Africa (International Review of Social History, Vol. 49 (3), December 2004, pp.401-434).

12) "Exporting Trade Unionism and Labour Politics: The British Influence on the early South African Labour Movement" (New Contree, No.49, April 2005, pp.145-162).

13) "Shifting RDP into GEAR": The ANC Government's Dilemma in Providing an Equitable System of Social Security for the "New" South Africa (ITH-Tagungsberichte 39, "Mercy or Right": Development of Social Security Systems, Akademische Verlaganstalt, Leipzig, 2005, pp.105-124).

14) "The Production of Literature on the 'Red Peril' and the 'Total Onslaught' in twentieth-century South Africa", in A Balezin (ed), Archives –Key to African history of the 20th century. Proceedings of the International Conference in celebration of the 75th anniversary of prof. Apollon Davidson. Institute of Asian and African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, Moscow, 2005, pp.150-180.

15)  In collaboration with S van der Velden: "Strikes in the Netherlands and South Africa, 1900-1998: A Comparison" (South African Journal of Labour Relations, Vol. 30, No.1, 2006, pp.51-75).

16)  "Dr. Albert Hertzog se bemoeienis met die Mynwerkersunie" (The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, Vol.2, No.1, July 2006, pp.145-164).

17)  "From MWU to Solidarity – A trade union reinventing itself" (South African Journal of Labour Relations, Vol.30, No.2, 2006, pp.19-41).

18) "Labour and Right-wing Extremism in the South African Context: A Historical Overview" (ITH-Tagungsberichte 41, Labour and Right-Wing Extremism, Akademische Verlaganstalt, Leipzig, 2007, pp.125-148).

19) "Afrikaner responses to post-apartheid South Africa: Diaspora and the regeneration of a cultural identity" (New Contree, No.54, November 2007, pp.1-30).

20) "Dr. Albert Hertzog en die Mynwerkersunie – 'n herbeskouing" (Journal for Contemporary History, Vol. 33, No 3, December 2008, pp. 40-66).

21) "'From RDP to GEAR to Post-Polokwane'. The ANC and the Provision of Social Security for Post-Apartheid South Africa" (Social Work, Vol. 45, No. 3, August 2009, pp. 225-240).

22) "Die vestiging van Solidariteit se Helpende Hand as 'n suksesvolle gemeenskaps gebaseerde welsynsorganisasie" (Journal of Humanities, Vol. 51, No. 1, March 2011, pp.21-35).

23) "'Guard Your Interests and Read The Worker': The Rise and Demise of The Worker, Mouthpiece of the South African Labour Party" (South African Historical Journal, Vol. 63, No 3, 2011, pp. 367-393).

24) "The Wiehahn Commission and the Miners' Strike of 1979: White Labour and the Beginning of the End of Apartheid in South Africa" (Journal for Contemporary History, Vol. 36, no.3, December 2011, pp.50-64).

25) "'Natal is a White Man's Land': Anti-Asianism and Pro-White Labour Politics in Colonial Natal, c. 1906-1909" (Journal of Natal and Zulu History, Vol. 30, 2012, pp. 23-52) [Online].

26) "A last desperate, but futile, attempt to shore up the industrial pillars of apartheid: The Miners' strike of 1979 and the impact of the Wiehahn Reforms on South African labour" (International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts, Vol. 1, No 2, January 2013, pp.195-214) [Online].

27) "Revisiting of the South African Mine Workers' Union – A Significant Factor in South African Mining History" (History Research, Vol. 3, No 4, April 2013, pp. 239-258).


28) "White settlement and irrigation schemes: CF Rigg and the founding of Bonnievale in the Breede   River Valley, 1900-c.1953" (New Contree, No 68, December 2013, pp.1-28).

29) "Caught in a stranglehold between resistance and reform: The Mine Workers' Union and    rightwing politics in South Africa, 1979-1997" (Journal for Contemporary History, 39 (2), December 2014, pp. 101-119).



Van MWU tot Solidariteit. Geskiedenis van die Mynwerkersunie, 1902-2002. Solidariteit, Pretoria, Sept 2008 (384 pp.)


Chapters in books

1)  "Ou Beskawings in Prekoloniale Afrika", in P Lubbe (red.), Wêreldspektrum Boek van die Jaar 1996, Pat Lubbe Publikasies, g.p., 1996, pp.44-49.

2)  "Early African Kingdoms", in J Kruger et al (eds.), An Introduction to Africa. Pat Lubbe Publishers, Stilbaai, 1998, pp.24-35.

3)  "Urbanization and Afrikaner Class Formation: The Mine Workers' Union and the Search for a Cultural Identity", in SJ Salm and T Falola (eds.), African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, University of Rochester Press, Rochester and Woodbridge, 2005, pp.131-163.

4)  "Afrikaner anti-communist history production in South African historiography", in HE Stolten (ed), History Making and Present Day Politics. The Meaning of Collective Memory in South Africa, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, 2007, pp.306-333.

5)  "A racially divided class. Strikes in South Africa, 1973-2004", in S van der Velden, et al (eds), Strikes around the World, 1968-2005. Case-studies of 15 countries, Aksant Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, 2007, pp.40-60.

6) "Ellis, Daniel Edward 'Daan' (1904-1963)", in I Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present, Vol. III, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2009, pp.1087-1088;

"Harris, Charles (1896-1939", in I Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present, Vol. IV, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2009, pp.1556-1557;

"Paulus, Petrus Jacobus 'Arrie' (b.1930)", in I Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, 1500 to the Present, Vol. V, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2009, pp.2625-2626.

7) "'Jul mooiste besitting': Die ontstaan van die Helpende Hand", in D Langer (red.), Gebroke Land. Armoede in die Afrikaanse gemeemskap sedert 1902. Kraal-Uitgewers BK, Brandfort, 2009, pp.119-125.

8) "Afrikaner Responses to Post-Apartheid South Africa: Diaspora and the Re-Negotiation of a Cultural Identity", in G Teulié & M Joseph-Vilain (eds.), Healing South African Wounds. Presses universitaires de la Méditerrannée, Montpellier, 2009, pp.333-369.

9) "Die minerale revolusie", in F Pretorius (red.), Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika. Van voortye tot vandag. Tafelberg, Kaapstad, 2012, pp.183-199.

10) "Die ontwikkeling van vakbonde en georganiseerde arbeid", in F Pretorius (red.), Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika. Van voortye tot vandag. Tafelberg, Cape Town, 2012, pp.481-493.

11) In collaboration with A Senekal: "A Regenerative Form of Social Capital? The Case of Solidarity", in T Uys and S Patel (eds.), Exclusion, Social Capital and Citizenship. Contested Transitions in South Africa and India. Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, 2012, pp.446-465.

12) "The mineral revolution",  in F Pretorius (ed.), A History of South Africa. From the Distant Past to the Present Day. Protea Book House, Pretoria, 2014, pp.188-204.

13). "The development of trade unions and organised labour", in F Pretorius (ed.), A History of South Africa. From the Distant Past to the Present Day. Protea Book House, Pretoria, 2014, pp.478-491.

Dr Anton Ehlers


Die Helpmekaarbeweging in Suid-Afrika.  Die storm-en drangjare, 1915-1920.   (Archives Year Book, 1991, part I)

Chapter in Gebroke Land:  Armoede in die Afrikaanse Gemeenskap sedert 1902 edited by D Langer. Kraal-Uitgewers, 2009.

`n Lewende Monument. Die Helpmekaar se eerste 100 jaar, 1916-2016, Sun Media, 2016 (co-author: Nonna Vos). 


Die invloed van die Helpmekaarbeweging in Suid-Afrika 1915-1920 (Historia, May 1990, Vol 35 No 1).

Weerstand teen Apartheid (Gister en Vandag, nr.31 Mei 1996).

Die Anglo–Boereoorlog as stimulus vir die stigting van Afrikaanse Plattelandse Trustmaatskappye en Eksekuteurskamers (Historia vol 45(1), Mei 2000)

Trust Companies and Boards of Executors versus Country Attorneys:  The history of symbiotic "bastard relationships" in the battle for trust and estate business in South Africa to c.1920 (Fundamina, volume 9, 2003)

Apartheid mythology and symbolism.  Desegregated and re-invented in the service of the New South Africa:  The Covenant and the Battle of Blood/Ncome river.  (Alizés, Revue angliciste de La Réunion, no 24:  "Founding Myths of the New South Africa – Les Mythes fondateurs de la nouvelle Afrique du Sud" [5e collogue international. Saint-Denis de La Réunion, 25-29 mars 2003])

Trust companies and boards of executors vs banks :  Aspects of the battle for corporate trusteeship and trust business in South Africa up to 1940 (The South African Journal of Economic History, volume 22, September 2007, no 1&2)

Negentiende-en Twintigste- Eeuse Plattelandse Afrikaanse Trustmaatskappye en Eksekuteurskamers:  `n Evaluering van hulle Kenmerke, Bydrae en Agteruitgang (Historia, volume 52, no. 2, November 2007)

Renier van Rooyen and Pep Stores Limited:  The genesis of a South African entrepreneur and retail empire (South African Historical Journal, September 2008)

South African trust companies and boards of executors and the Bank Act, 1942:  From self-regulating "financial aristocrats" to statutorily controlled deposit-receiving institutions (The South African Journal of Economic History, Volume 24, September 2009 no 2)

Rescuing the Rebels from Ruin: Afrikaner Nationalism and the Political Economy of the Helpmekaar (Mutual Aid) Movement and its £100 Fund, 1915––1917  (Economic History of Developing Regions, 26:1, 2011, 75-100)

 Business, State and Society - doing business apartheid style: The case of Pep Stores Peninsula Limited (New Contree, No 63, January 2012)

Constructing Boland Bank: organizational change and transformation in the South African trust company movement, c.1940–c.1970 (Management and Organizational History, Dec 2014.)

 The Helpmekaar: Rescuing the "volk" through reading, writing and arithmetic, c 1916-1965 (Historia Dec 2015)

Dr Chet Fransch 

"The Reading of Simone de Beauvoir's Sexual Violence in Marriage within the Changing Climate of South Africa, c. 1948-2007", Andrea Duranti and Matteo Tuveri (eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, United Kingdom, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

"'We would have no name': The porosity of locational and racial identities amongst the 'coloured communities' of Stellenbosch, c. 1890 – 1960s", African Studies, 69(3), 2010. 

"Simone de Beauvoir's Le Deuxième Sexe: [Re]naissance in South Africa?", in J. Kristeva, P. Fautrier, A. Strasser, P Fort (eds), (Re) découvrire l'oeuvre de Simone de Beauvoir – Du Deuxième Sexe à La Cérémonie des adieux, Bordeaux , Le Bord de l'eau, 2008.