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 70 (4)

The Wizards of Salem: South African Historians, Truth-telling and Historical Justice
vol. 70 (4): 633-653
An Overview of Cultural Capital in Blouvlei
vol. 70 (4): 654-673
A History of the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1976–1993
vol. 70 (4): 674-688
Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists
vol. 70 (4): 708-711
The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley ka Isaka Seme
vol. 70 (4): 711-714
On Record: Popular Afrikaans Music and Society, 1900–2017
vol. 70 (4): 714-717
South Africa, Settler Colonialism and the Failures of Liberal Democracy
vol. 70 (4): 717-719

Volume 70 (3)

‘Fear of hunger and the stench of disease’: Guano, Nuisance Management and Public Health Struggles in the Cape Colony, c.1840–1910
vol. 70 (3): 453-474
‘Young men like these … ’: The Volunteer Corps and the Emergence of the Settler Community in Colonial Natal
vol. 70 (3): 475-490
The Communist Party and the Germiston By-election, 1932
vol. 70 (3): 491-504
The Glory Days of Morris Isaacson: Why Some Soweto High Schools Were Able to Succeed Under Bantu Education
vol. 70 (3): 505-518
‘Lost Opportunities’: The African National Congress of South Africa (ANC-SA)’s Evolving Relationship with the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) in Exile, 1970–1979
vol. 70 (3): 519-541
Popular Participation in the Provision of Higher Education and Restoration of Historical Heritage: The Case of the University of Botswana Logo, 1976–2014
vol. 70 (3): 542-558
Caught Between Two Chinas: Assessing South Africa’s Switch from Taipei to Beijing
vol. 70 (3): 559-602
New Accents on the Social: Thinking on South Africa’s History at UWC
vol. 70 (3): 603-618
Critique of Black Reason
vol. 70 (3): 619-624
The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century
vol. 70 (3): 624-625