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					Economic history in South Africa
What we know
What we don’t know
  Economic history is history
and is therefore perspectival and
contested
especially in South Africa, with ethnic and
ideological cleavages
leading to relatively low levels of
methodological innovation
and a high level of ‘burden of the present’
Feinstein’s Economic History of
    South Africa - Chapters
Context: SA in international perspective
Seizing the land: conquest and
dispossession
Making the labour force: coercion and
discrimination
Creating the colour bar: formal barriers,
poor whites and ‘civilized labour’
Exporting the gold: the vital role of the
minerals revolution
      Feinstein (continued)
Transforming the economy: the rise of
manufacturing and commercial agriculture
Separating the races: the imposition of apartheid
Forcing the pace: rapid progress despite
constraints
Hitting the barriers: from triumph to disaster
Confronting the contradictions: the final crisis
and retreat from apartheid
Themes in South African economic
      history – pre-Union
 Trade
 Settler expansion and agriculture
 Frontiers and their closure
 Diamonds and gold
 Financial development
 The 1899-1902 war: economic outcome
 Union
Themes in South African economic
    history – 1910 to 1948
 Disappointing economic growth from 1910
 to 1932
 Poverty and the state response
 Industrialization
 Urbanization
 Institutional development
 Rapid economic growth from 1933
 War and the economy
Themes in South African economic
      history since 1948
 Sources of economic growth 1933-1975
 The uncertain 1970s, the gold boom and
 the disastrous period after it
 Income distribution and poverty
 The labour market
            The long run
Demography
Determinants of economic growth
Human capital formation
The economic and social roots of class
formation
Interest accommodation before 1948
Institutional development: 1902-1948, 1948-
1994, post-1994. Rents and capacity building
Settlement
Poverty
      What we don’t know
South Africa and the region
19th century demography
Social capital among black people living
away from tribal areas in the 19th and early
20th centuries
Why the pre-apartheid pass laws became
ineffective
The history of protection
Income distribution and the social wage

				
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