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The Department of History is one of the leading History departments in South Africa. Areas of specialization in the Department are women and gender studies, public history, visual history, land and agrarian history, liberation history, urban history, African history, and teacher education.

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  • Williams, Christian A. (University of the Western Cape) (Published by History Department, University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    From 1964, when it was first granted by the Tanzanian government to OAU recognized liberation movements, Kongwa camp has been a key site in southern Africa’s exile history. First SWAPO and FRELIMO, and later the ANC, MPLA ...
  • Field, Sean (University of Cape Town) (Published by University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    Tracy Kidder and Jonny Steinberg have constructed evocative biographies of African refugees’ dislocation, journeys and struggles to settle in the USA. These books are reviewed through the lens of how South African readers ...
  • Saunders, Christopher (University of Cape Town) (Published by History Dept, University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    That South Africa invaded Angola in 1975, in an abortive attempt to prevent a Marxist government coming to power there, and that the South African Defence Force then repeatedly attacked Angola from 1978, is relatively well ...
  • Scarnecchia, Timothy (Kent State University) (Published by University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    This article examines the role of diplomatic relations during the first stages of the 1983 Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe. Based on a preliminary reading of South African Department of Foreign Affairs files for 1983, the article ...
  • Ahlman, Jeffrey S. (Johns Hopkins University) (Published by History Department, University of the Western Cape, 2011)
    This article interrogates the position of Accra as an ‘extra-metropolitan’ centre for southern African anti-colonial nationalists and anti-apartheid activists during the so-called ‘first wave’ of Africa’s decolonization. ...