The Struggle for the Eastern Cape is a graphic account of the subjugation of the Xhosa people during the first half of the 19th century. The pro-settler history of my schooldays was written in black and white.
Legassick’s synthesis of more recent scholarship excellently reveals all the shades of grey – intersections and ambiguities, intricacies and interstices.
Although the basic plot of inexorable dispossession remains a simple one, easily encompassed in just 140 pages of text, it is this multivariability that gives the book its grace and power.
- The Struggle for the Eastern Cape, 1800-1854: Subjugation and the Roots of South African Democracy by Martin Legassick
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