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African Studies: Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa Series Number 109 (Paperback)
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African Studies: Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa Series Number 109 (Paperback)

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Paperback 398 Pages / Published: 29/03/2012
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In this book, William Kelleher Storey shows that guns and discussions about guns during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries were fundamentally important to the establishment of racial discrimination in South Africa. Relying mainly on materials held in archives and libraries in Britain and South Africa, Storey explains the workings of the gun trade and the technological development of the firearms. He relates the history of firearms to ecological, political, and social changes, showing that there is a close relationship between technology and politics in South Africa.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107403963
Number of pages: 398
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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Review of the hardback: '... without doubt the most stimulating and significant discussion concerning South Africa's colonial 'gun society' to have appeared since the publication in 1971 of the influential series of articles on guns in colonial Africa in the Journal of African History. Storey's study is consequently absolutely essential reading, not only for military historians of South Africa in the colonial period, but for all those with an interest in related technology, hunting, ecology, culture and society.' Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research
"Recommended." - Choice
"William Storey's fascinating and densely researched book picks up the subject of guns in the political discourse in South Africa in the nineteenth century.... Storey has written a good account of the way gun ownership and the changing discourse of racial politics were interwoven. His argument weaves its way through the complexities of the story carefully and clearly. It is a worthy addition to Cambridge's African Series." - Richard Price, University of Maryland, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

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