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The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century
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The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: Cities and Identities in the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

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Focusing on South Africa's three main cities - Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban - this book explores South African urban history from the late nineteenth century onwards. In particular, it examines the metropolitan perceptions and experiences of both black and white South Africans, as well as those of visitors, especially visitors from Britain and North America. Drawing on a rich array of city histories, travel writing, novels, films, newspapers, radio and television programs, and oral histories, Vivian Bickford-Smith focuses on the consequences of the depictions of the South African metropolis and the 'slums' they contained, and especially on how senses of urban belonging and geography helped create and reinforce South African ethnicities and nationalisms. This ambitious and pioneering account, spanning more than a century, will be welcomed by scholars and students of African history, urban history, and historical geography.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAfrican historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsUrban communitiesScience & MathematicsGeographyHuman geography Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 05/09/2019 ISBN-13: 9781108702492  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Vivian Bickford-Smith is Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.

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