Category Archives: History

The Unauthorised History of South Africa

The blurb on this book says: “Researched and written by two historians well respected in concentric circles, this hilarious take on our collective past reveals stunning new discoveries and fascinating new figures, from Koos van Doosch, the cheese pimp who … Continue reading

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In 2008, I did the Blaauwkrans History Tour while at the NAF in Grahamstown. (You may have to cut and paste this into your browser as I am not good at making clickable links). That tour left me with … Continue reading

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The shortest war in history (27 August 1896 – for 38 minutes)

The Anglo-Zanzibar War took place on 27 August 1896, lasting only 38 minutes before Sultan Khalid bin Barghash surrendered. In 1890 Britain and Germany signed the Heligoland-Zanzibar treaty drawing up spheres of influence between the imperial powers in East Africa; … Continue reading

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