Synopses & Reviews
Layers of dispossession and disruption are definitive of South African history. Bouncing from Griqua Philippolis (1824-1862) to Afrikaner Orania (1990-2013), this book shows how land rights are prioritised in pre-apartheid and post-apartheid contexts. The result is a new way of looking at the country's history - different to the version of history partially redressed by an idiosyncratic system of restitution and reconciliation during transformation.
About the Author
Edward Cavanagh is currently scholar-in-residence at the University of Ottawa, Canada, courtesy of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. He is the co-founder of the journal Settler Colonial Studies, and has published in the fields of law and history.
Table of Contents
A Note on Terminology
Introduction: Land, Sovereignty, and Indigeneity in South Africa
1. The Erasure of Past Interests in Land at Philippolis
2. The Griqua Land Regime and its Challenges
3. The Erasure of Past Interests in Land at Orania
4. The Oranian Land Regime and its Challenges
Conclusion: Land Regimes and Property Rights on the Orange River
Afterword: On Restitution and Dispossession