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Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa

Crais, Clifton

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ISBN 10: 1107013615 / ISBN 13: 9781107013612
Published by Cambridge University Press, New York City, New York, 2011
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"South Africa is marked by extreme income inequality and crushing rural poverty. In this challenging and original work, Professor Clifton Crais reorients South African historiography, pointing squarely to the searing violence of colonial conquest-well before the mineral revolution or the rise of the apartheid state-as the root of poverty in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Though the argument is built on a close study of this one region, It has important implications for our understanding of the history of poverty and inequality across much of South Africa. This thoughtful work, which looks closely at the consequences of conquest from the miseries of maize to the insecurity of land tenure, is sure to stimulate a lively debate." {Thomas McClendon}. This book has 190 pages and is illustrated., The text contains NO internal marks whatsoever. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 065862

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Title: Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, New York City, New York

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Pictorial Hordcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Thus

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Poverty and violence are issues of global importance. In Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa, Clifton Crais explores the relationship between colonial conquest and the making of South Africa's rural poor. Based on a wealth of archival sources, this detailed history changes our understanding of the origins of the gut-wrenching poverty that characterizes rural areas today. Crais shifts attention away from general models of economic change and focuses on the enduring implications of violence in shaping South Africa's past and present. Crais details the devastation wrought by European forces and their African auxiliaries. Their violence led to wanton bloodshed, large-scale destruction of property, and famine. Crais explores how the survivors struggled to remake their lives, including the adoption of new crops, and the world of inequality and vulnerability colonial violence bequeathed. He concludes with a discussion of contemporary challenges and the threats to democracy in South Africa. Written for general readers and specialists alike, this book overturns conventional wisdom and offers new ways of understanding violence and poverty in the modern world.

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In Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa, Clifton Crais explores the relationship between nineteenth-century colonial conquest and rural poverty over the course of nearly two centuries of rapid historical change. Instead of abstract models of economic change, Crais reconstructs the ways people remade their lives admid violence and the demands of the colonial state. He offers a detailed examination of warfare and its impact, including European-generated famines, and explores the impact of conflict on the crops Africans farmed and the way they entered into colonial markets. Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa offers a radically new interpretation of rural history with implications for the study of poverty around the world.

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