Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Ethnic Pride and Racial Prejudice in Victorian Cape Town by Vivian Bickford-Smith

Nineteenth-century Cape Town, the capital of the British Cape Colony, was conventionally regarded as a liberal oasis in an otherwise racist South Africa. Longstanding British influence was thought to mitigate the racism of the Dutch settlers and foster the development of a sophisticated and colour-blind English merchant class. Vivian Bickford-Smith skilfully interweaves political, economic and social analysis to show that the English merchant class, far from being liberal, were generally as racist as Afrikaner farmers. Theirs was, however, a peculiarly English discourse of race, mobilised around a 'Clean Party' obsessed with sanitation and the dangers posed by 'un-English' Capetonians in a period of rapid urbanisation brought about by the discovery of diamonds and gold in the interior. This original contribution to South African urban history draws on comparative material from other colonial port towns and on relevant studies of the Victorian city.

Buy Ethnic Pride and Racial Prejudice in Victorian Cape Town by Vivian Bickford-Smith from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521526395
ISBN-10: 0521526396
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Ethnic Pride and Racial Prejudice in Victorian Cape Town by Vivian Bickford-Smith

Book Reviews - Ethnic Pride and Racial Prejudice in Victorian Cape Town by Vivian Bickford-Smith

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Ethnic Pride and Racial Prejudice in Victorian Cape Town book by Vivian Bickford-Smith and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Vivian Bickford-Smith

Waterfront by Vivian Bickford-Smith
Paperback, January 1998
$11.66