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

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

Volume 69 (2)

‘The best defense is to attack’: African Agency in the South West Africa Case at the International Court of Justice, 1960–1966
vol. 69 (2): 162-177
Reconnoitring Alternative Forms of Resistance to Apartheid South Africa, c. 1966–1979 and Beyond: A Case Of An Individual
vol. 69 (2): 178-194
The University of the North and Building the Bantustans, 1959–1977
vol. 69 (2): 195-214
‘We do not think that the Bantu is ready for labour unions’: Remaking South Africa's Apartheid Workplace in the 1970s
vol. 69 (2): 215-235
The Sounds of Silence: Structural Change and Collective Action in the Fight against Apartheid
vol. 69 (2): 236-250
Slippery Under Foot: The Shifting Political Dynamics within South African Football, 1973–1976
vol. 69 (2): 265-287
The Truth is Revolutionary: Mills and Turner as Theoreticians of Participatory Democracy
vol. 69 (2): 288-303
African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade: Volume 2, Essays on Sources and Methods
vol. 69 (2): 330-332
Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield
vol. 69 (2): 332-335
Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid
vol. 69 (2): 335-337
Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid
vol. 69 (2): 337-340
Divination’s Grasp: African Encounters with the Almost Said
vol. 69 (2): 340-343

Volume 69 (1)

Introduction: Repairing the Legacies of Harm
vol. 69 (1): 1-11
History, Truth Telling and the Legacies of Slavery in South Africa
vol. 69 (1): 12-31
Teaching the Past in All Its ‘Messiness’: Slavery in the Grade 7 Curriculum
vol. 69 (1): 32-51
‘Teaching Maths is Easier Than This!’: Pre-Service Educators Confront the Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Emotive and Contested Pasts in Post-Apartheid History and Social Science Classrooms
vol. 69 (1): 52-69
The Politics of Unspeakability in Yvette Christiansë's Unconfessed
vol. 69 (1): 70-81