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 68 (4)

F.Z.S. Peregrino, A Significant but Duplicitous Figure in the Black Atlantic World
vol. 68 (4): 493-516
‘Good citizens and gentlemen’: Gender, Reputation and Identity at the South African College, 1880–1910
vol. 68 (4): 517-535
‘Enemy Aliens’ in Wartime: Civilian Internment in South Africa during World War I
vol. 68 (4): 536-556
The Introduction of Western Medicine in Southern Africa: The Case of Ainsworth Dickson Nursing Training School in Bremersdorp, Swaziland, 1927–1949
vol. 68 (4): 557-572
Propaganda Tricks – Good and Bad: The Posters of the Mobile Visual Instruction and Propaganda Section of the South African Union Defence Force from January to July 1945
vol. 68 (4): 573-622
Historian as Filmmaker: Reflections on the Making of the Film Documentary Those Dying Days
vol. 68 (4): 623-640
Shifting Identifications in Dutch-South African Migration Policies (1910–1961)
vol. 68 (4): 641-669
Chiefdoms and Kingdoms of Southeastern Africa: Oral Traditions and History, 1400–1830
vol. 68 (4): 670-672
The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire
vol. 68 (4): 672-674
The Communist Party in South Africa, Racism, Eurocentricity, and Moscow, 1921–1950
vol. 68 (4): 675-677
Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea
vol. 68 (4): 677-679

Volume 68 (3)

‘Dangerous People’ or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love being an Historian
vol. 68 (3): 249-266
The Experience of War and the Making of a Historian: E.P. Thompson on Military Power, the Colonial Revolution and Nuclear Weapons
vol. 68 (3): 267-285
Sweetness and Fever? Sugar Production, Aedes aegypti, and Dengue Fever in Natal, South Africa, 1926–1927
vol. 68 (3): 286-303
Entangled Patriarchies: Sex, Gender and Relationality in the Forging of Natal: A Paper Presented in Critical Tribute to Jeff Guy
vol. 68 (3): 304-317
The Lure of Katanga Copper: Tanganyika Concessions Limited and the Anatomy of Mining and Mine Exploration 1899–1906
vol. 68 (3): 318-341
Drug Dealing Doctors and Unstable Subjects: Opium, Medicine and Authority in the Cape Colony, 1907–1910
vol. 68 (3): 342-365