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 (1)

Special Issue: The State, The Citizen and Power
vol. 68 (1): 1-12
‘The Greatest State Scandal’: Personality, Power and the South African Republic Police, 1886–1896
vol. 68 (1): 13-30
Lonrho and the Limits of Corporate Power in Africa, c. 1961–1973
vol. 68 (1): 31-49
Coerced African Labour for Food Production in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) during the Second World War, 1942–1945
vol. 68 (1): 50-69
Safeguarding White Minority Power: The South African Government and the Secession of Katanga, 1960–1963
vol. 68 (1): 70-91
‘We will make sure they are rehabilitated’: Nation-building and Social Engineering in Operation Clean-up, Zimbabwe, 1983
vol. 68 (1): 92-111
ZANU (PF)'s Manipulation of the ‘Alien’ Vote in Zimbabwean Elections: 1980–2013
vol. 68 (1): 112-131
New Histories of Firearms and Soldiers in Pre-Colonial and Colonial Africa Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa; A Cultural History of Firearms in the Age of Empire
vol. 68 (1): 132-137
Remembering the South African War: Britain and the Memory of the Anglo-Boer War, From 1899 to the Present
vol. 68 (1): 137-139
Liberation Movements in Power: Party and State in Southern Africa
vol. 68 (1): 139-142
The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics
vol. 68 (1): 142-145

Volume 67 (4)

The Relocation of VOC-Era Bosheuvel Farm in the Liesbeeck River Valley, Cape Town: A Land Surveying Approach
vol. 67 (4): 387-409
‘A Loyal Liking for Fair Play’: Joseph Millerd Orpen and Knowledge Production in the Cape Colony
vol. 67 (4): 410-432
Secret Party: South African Communists between 1950 and 1960
vol. 67 (4): 433-464
Charlie's First War: South Africa, 1899–1900 C.H. Tweddell
vol. 67 (4): 465-468
Germany's Genocide of the Herero: Kaiser Wilhelm II, His General, His Settlers, His Soldiers
vol. 67 (4): 468-471
Melancholia of Freedom: Social Life in an Indian Township in South Africa; Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township
vol. 67 (4): 471-475