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 (3)

‘The Magna Hibernia’: Irish Diplomatic Missions to South Africa, 1921
vol. 67 (3): 255-270
Different Tracks: Ambiguities in the Development Nexus of Coal and Rail in the Eastern Cape, 1880–1910
vol. 67 (3): 293-315
Interview with Lara Pawson: On Writing In the Name of the People: Angola's Forgotten Massacre
vol. 67 (3): 356-369
Mission Station Christianity: Norwegian Missionaries in Colonial Natal and Zululand, southern Africa, 1850-1890
vol. 67 (3): 370-372
Apartheid 1948–1994
vol. 67 (3): 372-375
New South African Review 4: A Fragile Democracy – Twenty Years On
vol. 67 (3): 375-378
Tracings: Pan Africanism and the Challenges of Global African Unity
vol. 67 (3): 378-380

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