Anatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San Peoples by Mohamed AdhikariAnatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San Peoples by Mohamed Adhikari

Anatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San Peoples

byMohamed Adhikari

Paperback | August 29, 2011

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In 1998 David Kruiper, the leader of the ?Khomani San who today live in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, lamented, "We have been made into nothing." His comment applies equally to the fate of all the hunter- gatherer societies of the Cape Colony who were destroyed by the impact of European colonialism. Until relatively recently, the extermination of the Cape San peoples has been treated as little more than a footnote to South African narratives of colonial conquest.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Dutch-speaking pastoralists who infiltrated the Cape interior dispossessed its aboriginal inhabitants. In response to indigenous resistance, colonists formed mounted militia units known as commandos with the express purpose of destroying San bands. This ensured the virtual extinction of the Cape San peoples. In The Anatomy of a South African Genocide, Mohamed Adhikari examines the history of the San and persuasively presents the annihilation of Cape San society as genocide. 


Mohamed Adhikari is an associate professor at the University of Cape Town. His most recent books are Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Coloured Community and Burdened by Race: Coloured Identity in Southern Africa. 
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Title:Anatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San PeoplesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:August 29, 2011Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821419870

ISBN - 13:9780821419878

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"The author's research and command of the literature is impressive. The judgments are well balanced, fair and based on sound scholarship. This is an accessible book that will help to expand consciousness about the fate of the San and introduce . students to debates about genocide in a colonial context."
- Nigel Penn, University of Cape Town