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Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa


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1. Guns in colonial South African history; 2. Early colonialism and guns at the Cape up to 1795; 3. Guns, conflict, and political culture along the Eastern Frontier, 1795-1840; 4. Hunting, warfare, and guns along the Northern Frontier, 1795-1868; 5. Capitalism, race, and breechloaders, 1840-80; 6. Guns and the Langalibalele Affair, 1873-5; 7. Guns and confederation, 1875-6; 8. Risk, skill, and citizenship in the Eastern Cape, 1876-9.

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This book recounts the spread of firearms in South Africa during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.


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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