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 (2)

Chatham House and Africa c1920–1960: The Limitations of the Curtis Vision
vol. 68 (2): 147-162
‘To Buttress the Ideal of National Unity’: Broad South Africanism and Higher Education in the Early Twentieth Century
vol. 68 (2): 163-179
Borders and the Roots of Xenophobia in South Africa
vol. 68 (2): 180-194
Sexual Relations between British Soldiers and Boer Women: A Methodological Approach
vol. 68 (2): 195-212
South African Anglican Military Chaplains and the First World War
vol. 68 (2): 213-229
Text and Authority in the South African Nazaretha Church
vol. 68 (2): 230-233
Modernization as Spectacle in Africa
vol. 68 (2): 233-236
Biko's Ghost: The Iconography of Black Consciousness
vol. 68 (2): 236-239
Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy: Apostolic Reformation in Botswana
vol. 68 (2): 239-242
The Congress Movement: The Unfolding of the Congress Alliance 1912–1961
vol. 68 (2): 242-248

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