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BORN OUT OF SORROW

Essays on Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands under Apartheid, 1948−1994

Volume One

Compiled and edited by Christopher Merrett

Occasional Publications imprint
of 
The Natal Society Foundation.
PIETERMARITZBURG

HALF the size of New York cemetery and twice as dead: this much-quoted, wry comment is generally attributed to the satirical writer Tom Sharpe who worked in Pietermarizburg in the 1950s. Also described as 'sleepy hollow' and the 'last outpost of the British Empire', Pietermaritzburg in fact possesses a rich history that highlights many key areas of South Africa's past. This is particularly true of the apartheid period.

This is the first book published on the history of the city and region as a whole in over thirty years. It contains chapters on urban geography, the regional civil war, detention without trial, the black trade union movement, and political trials; biographical contributions on Chief Mhlabunzima Maphumulo and women of the Black Sash; and organisational memoirs of the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Socal Awareness, Kupugani and the Association for Rural Advancement.

The object of this series is to present fresh perspectives on the city and region's apartheid history. It takes a position that South Africa was liberated by all of its people - not one particular self-regarding vanguard movement with its hegemonic, one-dimensional views.

Book details

Publisher:
 
Natal Society Foundation
Publication date:
 
2021
Binding:
 
Paperback, section sewn
Text:
 
312 pp
Dimensions:
  24cm x 17cm
ISBN:
  978-06398040-1-9
Selling Price:
 
R200
     
Editor:
 
Christopher Merrett
Cartographer:
 
Marise Bauer
Proof Reader:
 
Catherine Munro
Design & layout:
 
Jo Marwick
Cover:
 
Marise Bauer
Printed by:
 
CPW Printers, Pietermaritzburg

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