South African Historical Journal

Over the past 40 years, the South African Historical Journal has become renowned and internationally regarded as a premier history journal published in South Africa, promoting significant historical scholarship on the country as well as the southern African region. The journal, which is linked to the Southern African Historical Society, has provided a high-quality medium for original thinking about South African history and has thus shaped - and continues to contribute towards defining - the historiography of the region. The South African Historical Journal publishes a wide variety of material, encompassing issues ranging in time from those around pre-colonial communities to those pertinent to a society in transition in the early 21st century, the practice and teaching of history and debates about heritage and the commemoration of the past. It includes ground-breaking innovative research, general historical and historiographical overviews, historical debates, interviews with historians and reflections on their work, review articles and critical reviews of important books. The journal is peer reviewed and evaluated by the editors, editorial board and other international specialist referees. The Journal is fully accredited in South Africa, it is listed in the Thomson Reuters Arts & Humanities Citation Index and its contents are accordingly cited, annotated, indexed and/or abstracted.

4 issues a year.

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Latest articles

Volume 0 (0)

Roberts and Kitchener in South Africa 1900–1902
Archival Aspirations and Anxieties: Contemporary Preservation and Production of the Past in Umbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 66 (1)

Family Commitments, Economies of Emotions, and Negotiating Mental Illness in Late-Nineteenth to Mid-Twentieth-Century Natal, South Africa
vol. 66 (1): 1-21
Gandhi's Decisive South African 1913 Campaign: A Personal Perspective from the Letters of Betty Molteno
vol. 66 (1): 22-54
Salvage Anthropology in a City Without History: East London and Photographic Collections of Joseph Denfield, 1950–1969
vol. 66 (1): 55-78
South African Railways Postcard Calendars, 1961 to 1984
vol. 66 (1): 79-103
The Colonial State and the Political Economy of Famine in Swaziland, 1943–1945
vol. 66 (1): 104-121
Sharing Life-History and Other Memory: The Mining Persons in South Africa, 1951–2011
vol. 66 (1): 122-141
The Quantitative Cape: A Review of the New Historiography of the Dutch Cape Colony
vol. 66 (1): 142-168
Reflections on the 1944 National Health Services Commission: A Response to Bill Freund and Anne Digby on the Gluckman Commission
vol. 66 (1): 169-187
Narrative of the Shipwreck of the French Vessel the Eole on the Coast of Kaffraria in April 1829
vol. 66 (1): 188-189
Missionary Discourses of Difference: Negotiating Otherness in the British Empire, 1840–1900
vol. 66 (1): 190-192
Rudd: The Search for a Cape Merchant
vol. 66 (1): 192-196
Lozikeyi Dlodlo Queen of the Ndebele: ‘A Very Dangerous and Intriguing Woman’
vol. 66 (1): 196-197
Gandhi's Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading
vol. 66 (1): 198-200
The First President: A Life of John L. Dube, Founding President of the ANC
vol. 66 (1): 200-203
Erratum: Corrigendum
vol. 66 (1): 204-204

Volume 65 (4)

Ethnic Identities in a Transnational Context: The Dutch American Reaction to the Anglo-Boer War 1899–1902
vol. 65 (4): 481-503
Revitalising Stamverwantschap: The Role of the Nederlands Zuid-Afrikaanse Werkgemeenschap on Dutch-Afrikaner Relations in the Twentieth Century
vol. 65 (4): 504-525