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By Saul Dubow

A Commonwealth of data addresses the connection among social and medical suggestion, colonial identification, and political strength in 19th- and twentieth-century South Africa. It hinges at the stress among colonial wisdom, conceived of as a common, modernizing strength, and its recognition within the context of a society divided alongside advanced ethnic and racial fault-lines. through distinctive research of colonial cultures, literary and clinical associations, and specialist historic wondering South Africa and its peoples, it demonstrates the ways that the cultivation of data has served to help white political ascendancy and claims to nationhood. In a sustained observation on sleek South African historiography, the importance of 'broad' South Africanism - a political culture designed to go beyond changes among white English- and Afrikaans-speakers - is emphasised. A Commonwealth of data additionally engages with wider comparative debates.These comprise the character of imperial and colonial wisdom platforms; the function of highbrow rules and ideas in constituting ethnic, racial, and nearby identities; the dissemination of principles among imperial metropole and colonial outer edge; the emergence of novice highbrow groups; and the come across among imperial and indigenous or neighborhood wisdom structures. The publication has vast scope. It opens with a dialogue of civic associations (eg. museums, libraries, botanical gardens and medical societies), and assesses their position in making a specified feel of Cape colonial identification; the publication is going directly to speak about the ways that medical and other kinds of data contributed to the advance of a capacious South Africanist patriotism appropriate with persisted club of the British Commonwealth; it concludes with reflections at the techno-nationalism of the apartheid kingdom and situates modern issues just like the 'African Renaissance', and responses to HIV/AIDS, in extensive historic context.

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Cambridge Social History of Britain 1750–1950 (Cambridge, 1990). Literary and Scientific Institutions 29 inspired representatives of the evangelical liberal tradition (most notably his father-in-law, John Philip) were supported by him with somewhat lesser conviction. His unshakeable belief in progress and in the desirability for civilization to prevail over savagery was mitigated by an ingrained sense of justice and fairness. ⁴³ Fairbairn’s close collaborator Thomas Pringle shared many of his objectives, though his political trajectory was somewhat different.

D. J. D thesis, Cambridge University, (1996), 120, 122–4. ⁴⁵ Pringle met Walter Scott in 1816. It was through Scott’s influence that he was awarded land as a settler in Glen Lynden, and Scott was also instrumental in his appointment to the South African Library. ⁴⁶ Shaw, The ‘Writings of Thomas Pringle’, 64. Also J. M. Coetzee, White Writing, 45–48, 163–4; G. Hutchings, ‘ “Toughly Disputing the Right of a Poem to Possess it”: Landscape in South African Colonial Poetry’, English in Africa, 24: 2 (1997); A.

A. Walker, The South African College and the University of Cape Town 1829–1929 (Cape Town, 1929), 10–11. ¹⁴ Sturgis, ‘Anglicisation at the Cape of Good Hope’, 17; Giliomee, The Afrikaners, 196–7. 22 Literary and Scientific Institutions institutions were most often integrated with existing Dutch systems rather than replacing them altogether. Traditions of patronage and clientelism, which so characterized Company rule, largely went unchecked during the first two decades of British occupation. Indeed, the centralized authority of Company rule was matched, even exceeded, by the autocracy of the British.

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