ALWAYS BEEN HERE, the story of a Stellenbosch community

: Giliomee (H.)

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234pp., illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2018

 

First published in 2007 in Afrikaans as Nog Altyd Hier Gewees. Translated into English by Hermann Giliomee and Anton Naudé.

A history of "brown South Africans as experienced in the Western Cape village of Stellenbosch." from the back cover

"With the appearance of Hermann Giliomee's latest book a mini-debate took place in Cape Town circles. It was asked" 'How could a white historian tell the story of our community?' In this particular case my answer was clear: 'Yes, he can do it, not because he has the 'power', but because he has the ability, the knowledge, and the sensitivity. Giliomee writes a history that people are yearning to hear...And he does so in a masterly fashion. He does not only do the discipline of history a favour but he also makes a wonderful contribution to satisfy our yearning for a common community consciousness and social solidarity." from Rev. Allan Boesak's review of the original Afrikaans edition

"This book not only fills a void in the field of local history, but in the best tradition of historical writing, it also addresses wider political and social issues." Professor Albert Grundlingh, University of Stellenbosch

Hermann Giliomee was Professor in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town from 1983 to 1998. He is currently an extraordinary professor and research associate in the Department of History at the University of Stellenbosch. His publications include The Afrikaners: biography of a people (2003).