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 69 (1)

Introduction: Repairing the Legacies of Harm
vol. 69 (1): 1-11
History, Truth Telling and the Legacies of Slavery in South Africa
vol. 69 (1): 12-31
Teaching the Past in All Its ‘Messiness’: Slavery in the Grade 7 Curriculum
vol. 69 (1): 32-51
‘Teaching Maths is Easier Than This!’: Pre-Service Educators Confront the Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Emotive and Contested Pasts in Post-Apartheid History and Social Science Classrooms
vol. 69 (1): 52-69
The Politics of Unspeakability in Yvette Christiansë's Unconfessed
vol. 69 (1): 70-81
Museums as Tools for Understanding Slavery and its Legacies in South Africa
vol. 69 (1): 82-100
‘Welcome Home’: White English-speaking South Africans and the Royal Visit of 1947
vol. 69 (1): 101-120
‘Fate Comes to the Mission Schools’: Fire at Bethel, 1953
vol. 69 (1): 121-137
Changing Childhoods in the Cape Colony: Dutch Reformed Church Evangelicalism and Colonial Childhood, 1860–1895
vol. 69 (1): 138-140
South Africa’s ‘Border War’: Contested Narratives and Conflicting Memories
vol. 69 (1): 140-142
The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976
vol. 69 (1): 143-145
Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa
vol. 69 (1): 145-147
Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe
vol. 69 (1): 147-149

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