Readership: This book is a recommended reference for students and academics in social sciences as well as general readers interested in revisionist history, especially that of the Eastern Cape.
Size: 230mm x 150mm
Page Extent: 184  (including photographs)
Format: Soft Paperback
Price: 189.95 (VAT Incl) 
ISBN: 978-0-620-36610-6 
Publication Date: November 2010
Rights: World

The Struggle for the Eastern Cape 1800-1854

AUTHOR: Martin Legassick

The Struggle for the Eastern Cape 1800-1854: Subjugation and the roots of South African democracy reconstructs our understanding of a period that has been given little attention in the historical narratives of South African democracy. It is a narrative of the land struggles of the Xhosa and other indigenous populations against subjugation by the British ruled Cape Colony in the first half of the 19th century. The book also examines an important turning point in South African history: the introduction of a non-racial franchise in 1854 which represented the roots of democracy in this country. By the end of the 19th century this franchise had nurtured generations of African voters, amongst them the founders of the 20th century African nationalists who fought for democracy against white minority rule.

Author information.
Martin Legassick was an Emeritus Professor in the History Department at the University of the Western Cape, where he lectured between 1992 and 2005. He studied at the universities of Oxford, Ghana, and California, Los Angeles, obtaining his PhD at the latter university in 1969. He lectured at the universities of Santa Barbara in California, Sussex and Warwick in Britain before resigning to work full-time on the liberation of South Africa between 1981 and 1991. He has written extensively on South African history, from the pre-colonial period to the present day.

"The Struggle for the Eastern Cape makes an important contribution with its systematic examination of how racism and capitalism shaped the rise of the state in South Africa. The Reader is left with the question of whether this kind of state, by its very nature could be transformed into a tool for people-centred development.” Professor Kwandiwe Kondlo