• Vol II-50
    In a Time of Plague. Memories of the 'Spanish' Flu Epidemic of 1918 In South Africa
    Volume:
    II-50 (2018)
    The so-called “Spanish” influenza epidemic of 1918 (tellingly dubbed “Black October” by contemporaries in South Africa) was the worst disease episode ever to hit the country. Part of the global pandemic which killed about 3% of the world’s inhabitants in little over a year, in hard-hit South Africa it claimed some 350,000 lives (or 5% of the population) in...
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  • Seleksies van die Briewe van President M. T. Steyn, 1904-1910
    Volume:
    II-48 (2017)
    President M.T. Steyn is one of the heroes Afrikaner history, leading the guerrilla war against the British from 1899-1902, and fiercely resisting submission. He was struck down by a neural disease in 1902 and was unable to participate in the negotiations that ended the war. In 1902 he went to Europe for treatment and, after a partial recovery, he...
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  • Van Cattle-herding to Editor’s Chair: The Unfinished Autobiography of Richard Victor Selope Thema
    Volume:
    II-47 (2016)
    Richard Victor Selope Thema (1886 - 1955) was one of the most influential black figures in South Africa in the twentieth century - yet little has been published about him until now. 'RV' - as he was known to his friends - was a leading member of the ANC for almost forty years from 1912, serving for many years...
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  • The World's Great Question. Olive Schreiner's South African Letters 1889-1920
    Volume:
    II-45 (2014)
    The World’s Great Question features over 300 of Olive Schreiner’s key letters on South African people, politics and its racial order. They are often prophetic and can still send shivers down the spine. Immensely readable and insightful, her South African letters ---- bring home Schreiner’s importance as one of the world’s most famous women and a foundational figure...
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  • A B Xuma. Autobiography and Selected Works
    Volume:
    II-43 (2012)
    Alfred Bitini Xuma (1893-1962) is best known as the president who revived the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1940s and was then defeated for office by the Congress Youth League. Less known is his important public career as a medical doctor and social reformer, or the continuity of his thought over three decades of writings and speeches, in...
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  • Friendship and Union. The South African Letters of Patrick Duncan and Maud Selborne 1907–1943
    Volume:
    II-41 (2010)
    This volume, published a century after Union in 1910, tells the story of the first decades of the new state. The narrative unfolds through letters exchanged weekly by two interested commentators: Scottish-born Patrick Duncan, who was initially a member of Milner’s famous ‘Kindergarten’ of young British civil servants, and who became a respected politician in the new Union. His...
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  • Alan Paton Selected Letters
    Volume:
    II-40 (2009)
    Alan Paton was a dedicated letter-writer whose letters are almost like a series of vigorous conversations, displaying his capacity for friendship, his lively personality and his principled commitment to South African society. This collection of 350 previously unpublished letters are a major aspect of his writings. They range from those written as a brilliant student of 18 to his...
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  • Isaac Williams Wauchope: Selected Writings 1874-1916
    Volume:
    II-39 (2008)
    Isaac Williams Wauchope (1852-1917) was a prominent member of the Eastern Cape African elite in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a Congregational minister, political activist, historian, poet and, ultimately, legendary hero in the Mendi disaster. As a Lovedale student he joined a missionary party to Malawi, he was instrumental in founding one of the first political organisations...
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