Theophilus Shepstone and the Forging of Natal

African Autonomy and Settler Colonialism in the Making of Traditional Authority

By Jeff Guy

Theophilus Shepstone is recognized as one of the key figures in the history of colonial Africa. He is credited with developing some of the essential and widely copied features of colonial administration, including indirect rule, customary law, and segregation. And yet, Shepstone is also one of colonialism's most enigmatic personalities: fighting for and against Africans and colonists - admired by some, hated by others, but hiding his thoughts and his feelings with an intimidating and silent public persona. This book uses biography and history to break the silence and examine the man and his politics as they evolved in the conflicted and violent history of colonial Natal. The book questions long-established and widely-held views of Shepstone and his policies, showing that, unless he is placed firmly in the context of the histories of the Africans with whom he worked, he cannot be understood. *** "Professor Jeff Guy is a towering figure in the field of Zulu historical studies...." - Ian Knight, Anglo-Zulu War Research Society *** "In his brilliant study of Theophilus Shepstone, Guy assesses, with great detail and sophistication, the role of an individual in shaping the history of a country. Highly recommended." - Choice, Vol. 52, No. 1, September 2014 [Subject: Biography, History, African Studies, Colonial Studies]~

592 pages

Publication Date: 8/1/2013
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781869142490