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South West Africa in Early Times

South West Africa in Early Times

South West Africa in Early Times being the story of South West Africa up to the date of Maharero's death in 1890.
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Title: South West Africa in Early Times
Subtitle: Being the story of South West Africa up to the date of Maharero's death in 1890
Author: Heinrich Vedder
Translated and Edited by Cyril G. Hall
Reprint published by Frank Cass & Co Ltd by arrangement with Oxford University Press
London, 1966
Original cloth, original dustjacket, 15x22 cm, 525 pages, 2 folded map, English text

Description:

With the question of the fututre of South West Africa to the fore of the African political scene it is felt that this opportunity should he taken to reprint Heinrich Vedder's South West Africa in Early Times. This detailed study of the history of South West Africa up to the date of Maharero's death in 1890 was originally published in German and appeared in an English version for the first lime in 1938 when it was recognised as the first standard work on the subject. The author's extensive ethnological and linguistic studies made him especially well equipped to give a detailed account of the country and its people, and of the customs and languages of the different tribes. A considerable part of the book deals with the gradual colonization of the country by European pioneers whose various adventures are recorded in a mass of "old notes, letters, reports and diaries"; and the historical side is supplemented by an ethnological account of the native tribes. This is a scholarly work which, with its regard for folklore and tribal tradition as well as lor the facts of history, must recommend itself to all lovers of South West Africa, and it is hoped that its reissue will help towards an understanding of the problems today lacing the country. It is indeed essential reading for all those following the progress of the World Court set up at The Hague to decide whether South West Africa should remain a South African mandated territory, for if remains the best work in English on this part of the African continent.


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