'...without a doubt the best account of the history [of Namibia] to date.' - Historische Zeitschrift 'Rarely, if ever, do academic histories reflect - the whole gamut from precolonial to postcolonial pasts. Marion Wallace has remedied this problem in a magisterial new book, A History of Namibia. - Her goal here is synthesis and perspective and she succeeds admirably on both fronts. - At the same time that Namibians across ethnicities are well served by, and well represented in, one of the first survey texts of Namibian history, anyone interested in the development of social systems and African politics writ large will benefit from reading, and rereading, this book.' - Mail and Guardian, South Africa 'An excellent history of Namibia, which should be accessible to a wide readership in the country, and also to many historians and history students with an interest in colonialism and liberation on the African continent. The coverage of both the German period and of South African rule in Namibia is excellent.' -Professor Alan Barnard, University of Edinburgh 'At last! A comprehensive history which will be essential reading for anyone interested in moving beyond the shallow histories contained in tourist guides. This well crafted, fair, insightful and sensitive volume will appeal not only to the general reader but will be compulsory reading for scholars as well. Wallace's book is destined to become an instant classic.' - Robert Gordon, Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Vermont 'Marion Wallace achieves nothing less then the first modern general history of Namibia. Her erudite treatment of the various aspects of Namibian history from the German colonial racial state and the first genocide of the Twentieth Century to the de facto annexation by South Africa and the very late independence will hugely benefit scholars and students of Namibia and Southern Africa more generally." - Prof. Dr. Jurgen Zimmerer, Chair in African History, University of Hamburg 'Perceptive, multi-layered and judicious, Marion Wallace's comprehensive History of Namibia is a veritable tour de force. Based on a deep knowledge of the existing historiography but also of the most recent research in Namibia itself, over two-thirds of the volume deals with the history of the region and its peoples since 1870, and ends with a deft summary of the period since independence. Yet Wallace - and the archaeologist, John Kinahan, who contributes the earliest chapter - are also to be congratulated on their decision to root this account in the far deeper history of south-west Africa. The volume will surely prove indispensible to anyone with an interest in Namibian, southern African, and, indeed, African history more widely.' - Shula Marks 'Clearly written with impressive documentation resembling that of research monographs, this is among the best African country histories. - Highly recommended' - CHOICE
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Marion Wallace is African curator at the British Library and a historian of Namibia. John Kinahan is an archaeologist based in Namibia.