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 67 (2)

‘A Measure of Democracy’: Works Committees, Black Workers, and Industrial Citizenship in South Africa, 1973–1979
vol. 67 (2): 113-138
‘Political Corruption’ and the Moral Economy of Apartheid: The Case of Dawie Walters, the ‘Lobster King of South Africa’
vol. 67 (2): 139-157
The Hartebeestpoort Irrigation Scheme: A Project of Modernisation, Segregation and White Poverty Alleviation, 1912–1926
vol. 67 (2): 158-179
Decentring Shepstone: The Eastern Cape Frontier and the Establishment of Native Administration in Natal, 1842–1849
vol. 67 (2): 180-201
‘An Unprecedented but Significant Atrocity’: A Window into the War of the Axe, 1846–1847
vol. 67 (2): 202-221
Controlled by Communists? (Re)Assessing the ANC in its Exilic Decades
vol. 67 (2): 222-241
The Hidden History of South Africa's Book and Reading Culture
vol. 67 (2): 242-244
vol. 67 (2): 244-247
From Diaspora to Diorama: The Old Slave Lodge in Cape Town
vol. 67 (2): 247-249
Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle
vol. 67 (2): 250-253

Volume 67 (1)

‘Where Men Fail, Women Take Over’: Inanda Seminary's Rescue by its Own
vol. 67 (1): 1-31
From the Nuclear Laager to the Non-Proliferation Club: South Africa and the NPT
vol. 67 (1): 32-46
‘Die hand aan die wieg regeer die land [The hand that rocks the cradle rules the land]’: Exploring the Agency and Identity of Women in the Ossewa-Brandwag, 1939–1954
vol. 67 (1): 47-63
Margaret Levyns and the Decline of Ecological Liberalism in the Southwest Cape, 1890–1975
vol. 67 (1): 64-84
Response to Anne Digby, ‘Debating the Gluckman Commission: A Final Rejoinder’
vol. 67 (1): 85-90
Debating the Gluckman Commission: A Final Rejoinder
vol. 67 (1): 91-94
The Nature of Heritage: The New South Africa
vol. 67 (1): 95-98