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White South Africans who fought in the long ‘Border War’ to maintain apartheid now find themselves in a country run by their former enemies. Gary Baines examines their continuing struggle to come...

The battle of Cuito Cuanavale was a key moment in the smokescreen conflict of the Cold War played out in southern Africa. Gary Baines looks at the ways in which opposing sides are now remembering the event.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Richard Cavendish remembers the Union of South Africa's first election campaign in September 1910.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

The killing of 69 black South Africans on March 21st, 1960 was a turning point: the world judged apartheid to be morally bankrupt and the political agitation that ensued would eventually overturn white supremacy, writes Gary Baines.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Peter Donaldson examines how the British people reacted to the various stages of the South African war of 1899-1902.

Issue: 67 2010

White South Africans who fought in the long ‘Border War’ to maintain apartheid now find themselves in a country run by their former enemies. Gary Baines examines their continuing struggle to come to terms with the conflict and their efforts to have their voices heard.

Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

Michael Willis focuses on the origins of the Boer War in a way that could make for a stimulating role-play.

Issue: 59 2007

Damian O’Connor examines the motives of the man who started the conflict.

Issue: 48 2004

Richard Cavendish charts the founding of Cape Town, on April 7th, 1652.

Volume: 52 Issue: 4 2002

On May 31st, 1902, the Peace of Vereeniging was signed, ending the Second Boer War between Britain and the two Afrikaner republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State.

Volume: 52 Issue: 5 2002

'Frankly I am ashamed of being a Briton for the treatment we have meted out to the Boers as revealed by you and so justly condemned in your pages’ - John Burns to W. T. Stead.


Richard Cavendish describes the relief of Mafeking, following a seven-month siege, on May 16th/17th, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 5 2000

J.E. Spence considers the interface between ideological and geopolitical factors in the struggle for supremacy in Southern Africa.

Volume: 49 Issue: 2 1999

David Nash argues that opposition to the Second Boer War began the tradition of peace politics that has flourished through the twentieth century.

Volume: 49 Issue: 6 1999

Iain Smith looks at how teaching history is being turned upside down in South Africa today.

Volume: 43 Issue: 7 1993

Bartholomew Dias' voyage to the Cape of Good Hope in the late 15th century marked the apex of an extraordinary Portuguese expansion overseas and the start of a fateful European impact on South Africa. 

Volume: 38 Issue: 6 1988

Iain R. Smith looks at the changes in the study of South Africa's past.

Volume: 38 Issue: 2 1988

The 'pass laws' and migrant labour of apartheid in South Africa today have their origins in the policies designed to control the black workers in the diamond mines a century ago.

Volume: 36 Issue: 5 1986

Shula Marks examines the abundant archaeological evidence, much of it recently gathered, for the widespread settlement of South Africa before 1488 when Portuguese sailors first reached the Cape.

Volume: 30 Issue: 1 1980

George Grey was governor in succession of South Australia, New Zealand, Cape Colony and New Zealand again. Cyril Hamshere charts a most remarkable career in the Victorian Colonial service.

Volume: 29 Issue: 4 1979

In September 1939, writes J.V. Woolford, a British war in Europe seemed alien to many Dutch South Africans, but General Smuts changed the country’s mind.

Volume: 24 Issue: 7 1974

Chinese labour in South African mines presented a problem to Liberal consciences, writes John Lehmann.

Volume: 24 Issue: 1 1974

The Boers, writes R.F. Currey, made a paramount gain during the peace that followed the South African war.

Volume: 22 Issue: 10 1972

Among the English pioneers in Southern Africa must be honoured the name of John Gregory of Lyme Regis, writes W.F. Rea, who embarked for Mozambique from the Jesuit College at Goa during the reign of Charles II.

Volume: 16 Issue: 3 1966

The Battle of Majuba Hill during the First Boer War, had immense political and military significance to British armsand not only in South Africa. Its chief cause, writes Brian Bond, was a gross underestimation of the Boer’s tactical aptitude and courage.

Volume: 15 Issue: 7 1965

From the time when the Dutch flag was first planted there in 1652, C.R. Boxer describes how the Cape became the maritime half-way house between Europe and Asia.

Volume: 14 Issue: 6 1964

When Great Britain entered the First World War, writes N.G. Garson, memories of their struggle for independence were still fresh in the minds of many Afrikaners; rather than accept its decision to follow the Empire’s lead, they took up arms against their own government.

Volume: 12 Issue: 2 1962

Edna Bradlow writes that while Paul Kruger felt he had an obligation to protect his country's moral right on behalf of the Transvaal Republic, Chamberlain, speaking for his own countrymen, declared that the issue involved both “our supremacy in South Africa and our existence as a great power”.

Volume: 11 Issue: 10 1961

“A game of bluff from start to finish,” said Robert Baden-Powell, British commander during the Second Boer War. Nicholas King describes the seven-months’ siege, that took place in present day South Africa.

Volume: 6 Issue: 1 1956

The inward movement of European peoples and the southward migration of Bantu tribes supply the key to South African history and, write Edna and Frank Bradlow, to the problems that confront the country today.

Volume: 6 Issue: 5 1956

J.H. Plumb documents the life of Rhodes - an empire-builder, arch risk-taker, megalomaniac mine-owner and namesake of Zimbabwe's pre-independence antecedant, Rhodesia.

Volume 3: Issue: 6 1953

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