By Saul Dubow
A Commonwealth of information addresses the connection among social and clinical idea, colonial identification, and political strength in 19th- and twentieth-century South Africa. It hinges at the rigidity among colonial wisdom, conceived of as a common, modernizing strength, and its recognition within the context of a society divided alongside advanced ethnic and racial fault-lines. by way of precise research of colonial cultures, literary and medical associations, and specialist ancient wondering South Africa and its peoples, it demonstrates the ways that the cultivation of data has served to help white political ascendancy and claims to nationhood. In a sustained remark on sleek South African historiography, the importance of 'broad' South Africanism - a political culture designed to go beyond adjustments among white English- and Afrikaans-speakers - is emphasised. A Commonwealth of data additionally engages with wider comparative debates.These comprise the character of imperial and colonial wisdom platforms; the position of highbrow principles and ideas in constituting ethnic, racial, and nearby identities; the dissemination of principles among imperial metropole and colonial outer edge; the emergence of beginner highbrow groups; and the come across among imperial and indigenous or neighborhood wisdom platforms. The booklet has vast scope. It opens with a dialogue of civic associations (eg. museums, libraries, botanical gardens and clinical societies), and assesses their position in making a exact experience of Cape colonial id; the e-book is going directly to speak about the ways that medical and different kinds of data contributed to the improvement of a capacious South Africanist patriotism appropriate with endured club of the British Commonwealth; it concludes with reflections at the techno-nationalism of the apartheid kingdom and situates modern matters just like the 'African Renaissance', and responses to HIV/AIDS, in extensive ancient context.
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Extra resources for A Commonwealth of Knowledge: Science, Sensibility, and White South Africa 1820-2000
The Commercial Exchange, a vaunting single-storey neoclassical building with a Corinthian portico, was built in 1822 on the western ﬂank of the Grand Parade, and funded by subscription shares. The use of private funds for investment in public institutions was a conspicuous feature of British rule, testimony both to the enhanced role of the market and the emergence of a commercially oriented middle class. The construction of the Royal Observatory, which was completed in 1828, sounded a note of direct imperial interest.
2. 24 Literary and Scientiﬁc Institutions and inertia. Compromise, rather than wholesale assimilation of English jurisprudence and traditions, was the result. Notably, Roman-Dutch law was maintained as the legal bedrock of the Cape, with long-run implications for the constitution of colonial society. ²² Some three decades after its incorporation into the British Empire, the Cape was therefore conspicuously engaged in a process of development which, however slow and uneven, saw its transformation from an agrarian-based Dutch colonial slave society to an extensive and expanding English colony in which commerce and internal trade were assuming increasing importance.
The Oxford History of the British Empire, Vol. III, (Oxford, 1999). Literary and Scientiﬁc Institutions 21 of which were presented as the sine qua non of progress and improvement—both keywords in the late Georgian lexicon. Barrow also supplied commentators and future historians with a well-stocked repertoire of anti-Dutch images and stereotypes. For example, he reviled the indolence and inertia of the Boers and deplored their cruel oppression of the indigenous Khoisan peoples, whose predicament he likened to slaves.
A Commonwealth of Knowledge: Science, Sensibility, and White South Africa 1820-2000 by Saul Dubow