New Arrivals 5th to 11th of December 2017

Hilton-Barber (D.) MATABELE RISING,
258pp., illus., paperback, (Tzaneen), 2017. R280
David Hilton-Barber argues that Zimbabwe needs to be divided into two federal states of Mashonaland and Mthwakazi (Matabeleland) in order to bring stability to the country.

Journalist and author David Hilton-Barber is also the author of "The Triumphs, Trials and Tribulations of Ponele Seshai as a Magistrate in the new South Africa", "The Batubatse: their story and traditions" and "Salute the Eagle: my experiences as a parabat in Angola".
James (L.) EMPIRES IN THE SUN, the struggle for the mastery of Africa
391pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R325
First published in the UK in 2016.

A history of the colonization of Africa and the subsequent struggles for liberation.

Lawrence James' other books include "The Rise and Fall of the British Empire".
Jensen (S.) & Zenker (O.) eds. SOUTH AFRICAN HOMELANDS AS FRONTIERS, apartheid's loose ends in the postcolonial era
176pp., paperback, London & New York, 2017. R365
A collection of essays that explore what happened in the homelands after the fall of apartheid. These essays were originally published in the Journal of Southern African Studies, volume 41, issue 5, October 2015. Includes contributions by Steffen Jensen, Olaf Zenker, Hylton White, Jason Robinson, Shirley Ally, Deborah James, Isak Niehaus, Leslie Bank, and Derick Fay.

"The essays examine inventively the political legacy, including the reassertion of chieftaincy in post-apartheid South Africa, and social issues such as the strength and flexibility of African ideas about custom. The authors recognise that some of the dynamism of these rural identities arises from social practices with a deeper past. These issues remain thorny and challenging for democratic politics and policy in the rural areas and the country as a whole. Hence, this is a particularly timely collection as the questions of chieftaincy and control over land have become central in South African national political debate and beyond." William Beinart, Emeritus Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and Professional Fellow at the African Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

"The contributions to this excellent collection demonstrate the myriad ways in which the homelands still exert a powerful influence over the movement of people and the organisation of territory in contemporary South Africa. The former homelands are now considered spaces of marginality, but the editors and contributors make a convincing case for how these 'loose ends' of apartheid present a challenge to the prevailing narratives of liberation, land restitution and democratic participation in post-apartheid South Africa." Richard Wilson, Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of Connecticut

Steffen Jensen is Professor in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, and a senior researcher at DIGNITY, the Danish Institute against Torture. He is also the author of "Gangs, Politics & Dignity in Cape Town".
Olaf Zenker is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Kilian (H.) CHRONICLES OF A DOCK RAT, the ebb and flow of my life in boats at the Cape of Storms
286pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R300
Hans Kilian served as Coxswain with the NSRI for nearly 30 years and went on to become a charter boat skipper at the V&A Waterfront from 1995 to 2015.

Malan (A.), Halkett (D.), Hart (T.) & Schietecatte (L.) GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, archaeology of the burial grounds, Green Point, South Africa
122pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Cape Town, 2017. R565
An account of the discovery of long forgotten burial grounds in central Cape Town, exposed and excavated as a result of urban growth. "It falls to biologists, archaeologists, archivists, and civic authorities to retrieve and interpret the remains, and it becomes a burden taken on by their putative descendants to reclaim and control the bones themselves." from the preface by Carmel Schrire.
Mashinini (T.) et al AFROWS, words of subversion
66pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R75
A collection of poetry and short prose by undergraduate students at the University of Cape Town: Tshepiso Mashinini, Sthandwa Mbelle, Nolitha Ngamlana, Lubabalo Mgejabe and Matimu Rikhotso.
215pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R230
A collection of essays on what South Africa's Constitution means for South Africans.

Contributions include:
"The Genesis of South Africa's Constitution" and an interview with Johann Kriegler by Jean Meiring
"How I learnt to loathe myself and love the Constitution" by Rian Malan
"'Boerehaat' and Revanchism: the dark side of South Africa's Constitution" by Dan Roodt
"The Constitution and President Zuma, the innocent dupe" by Ranjeni Munusamy
"Constitutional Delinquency is a Precondition for Black Liberation" by Andile Mngxitama
“The Right to Land Remains a Thorny Issue" by Jackie Dugard.

Jean Meiring is a member of the Johannesburg Bar.
Shell (S.) PROTEAN PARADOX, George Edward Cory (1862-1935), negotiating life and South African history
286pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Grahamstown, 2017. R330
English-born historian and chemist George Edward Cory completed his studies at Cambridge University in 1891, emigrated to South Africa and took up the position of vice-principal at the Grahamstown Public School. He went on to become lecturer in physics and chemistry at St. Andrew's College in 1894. When Rhodes University College was founded in 1904 Cory took up the post of Professor of Chemistry, a position he held until he retired in 1925. He moved to Cape Town and worked in the Government Archives as honorary archivist and historiographer. In 1933 the Royal Empire Society awarded him a gold medal for his historical work. The Cory Library for Historical Research was established in 1931 when Cory donated his collection of books, letters, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers and photographs, to the Rhodes University College Library. He published a six-volume work, "The Rise of South Africa", between 1910 and 1939.

Sandra Rowoldt Shell was Cory Librarian at Cory Library for Historical Research and headed up the African Studies Library at the University of Cape Town from 2002 to 2011. Currently she is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Rhodes University.

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