- From the beginning : the archaeological evidence / John Kinahan -- Politics, trade, and transformation : southern and central Namibia, 1730-1870 -- Monarchy, power, and change : the north, 1750-1907 -- The shadow of protection, 1870-93 -- Under German rule, 1894-1903 -- The Namibian War, 1904-8 -- Building a German colony, 1908-15 -- South African rule, 1915-46 -- Nationalism and apartheid, 1946-70 -- Liberation struggles and the retreat from apartheid, 1971-90.
- "A comprehensive history that is essential reading for anyone interested in moving beyond the shallow histories contained in tourist guides. This well crafted, fair, insightful, and sensitive volume will not only appeal to the general reader but will become compulsory reading for scholars as well. This book is destined to become an instant classic." Robert Gordon, University of Vermont --
"Perceptive, multilayered, and judicious, Marion Wallace's comprehensive history is a veritable tour de force. Based on a deep knowledge of the existing historiography as well as the most recent research on Namibia itself, over two-thirds of the volume details the history of the region and its peoples since 1870 and ends with a deft summary of the period since independence. Yet Wallace---and the archaeologist John Kinahan---are also to be congratulated on their decision to root this account in the far deeper history of southwest Africa. This volume will prove indispensable to anyone with an interest in Namibian, southern African, and African history." Shuia Marks, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London --
"An excellent history of Namibia that should be accessible to a wide readership and to many historians and students with an interest in colonialism and liberation on the African continent. The coverage of both the German period and South African rule in Namibia is excellent." Alan Barnard, University of Edinburgh --
"Marion Wallace achieves nothing less then the first modern general history of Namibia. Her erudite treatment of the various aspects of Namibian history, from the German colonial racial state and the first genocide of the twentieth century to the de facto annexation by South Africa and very late independence, will hugely benefit scholars and students of Namibia and southern Africa." Jurgen Zimmerer, University of Hamburg --
Namibia gained its independence in 1990 after decades of struggle against South African rule. Before its battles with South Africa, the country spent years within the grip of German colonialism. In this book, the first general history of Namibia to be published in more than two decades, a celebrated historian and a renowned archaeologist provide fresh perspective on these events, as well as a detailed account of the country's precolonial period. --
The volume begins with an absorbing history of Namibia from earliest times to the arrival of German colonialism in the nineteenth century. Drawing on sources in English and German, the authors explore trajectories of migration, production, and power in the precolonial period, changes triggered by European expansion, and the dynamics of formal colonialism. They relate the full experience of German rule, including the genocide of 1904-1908, the wars of central and southern Namibia, and the fate of defeated Africans who were imprisoned in concentration camps. Final chapters discuss African nationalism, apartheid, and war between 1946 and 1990, and the development of Namibia in the two decades since independence. An invaluable introduction and resource, this volume reasserts Namibia's crucial role in the history of southern Africa and, with its rich insight and extensive bibliography, furthers responsible research on the country and the continent. --Book Jacket.
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-427) and index.
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