The last decade has seen an emergence of new geographical literature on South Africa’s history by local and overseas scholars (Crush and Rogerson 1983; Crush 1986; Scott 1986; Crush 1991; Robinson 1990). Crush contends (1992: 10) that the research output of this group, although small,’will contribute to historical geography becoming one of the most vibrant and productive areas of inquiry within the geographical discipline in South Africa’. One of the main aims of the new historical geography has been to examine the connection …

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