By Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat
A number one student of South Africa offers a clean and penetrating exploration of that country's heritage, from the earliest recognized human inhabitation of the area to the current, focusing totally on the reports of its black population. For this 3rd version, Leonard Thompson provides new chapters that describe the move of energy and the hot South Africa less than the presidencies of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
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The historians' tendency to ignore all but the most recent history has been compounded by the archaeologists' use of arcane terminology. Some of their terms are positively misleading. 2 Those terms are illogical, ahistorical, and inaccurate: illogical because they confuse chronological phenomena with cultural phenomena, ahistorical because their ages do not correspond with the historian's chronology, and inaccurate because they imply that, for example, every member of an Iron Age community used iron tools and weapons.
He sees to their grazing, and in the evening to their return to the stable, constructed of a jumble of thorny branches, and which adjoins his hut. t" There was a vast vocabulary concerning cattle. "! A man had a name for every beast he owned and composed praise songs for his favorites. fIn many areas, cattle were moved from one type of pasturage to another during the year. In the summer, the Xhosa grazed their cattle in what is now known as sourveld-grasses that are nutritious in their early stages of growth but then lose their protein and mineral content and become unpalatable and indigestible to animals; and in the autumn they moved them to sweetveld, which remains nutritious through the year.
Southern Africa possesses great mineral resources. Iron-bearing rocks were spread throughout much of the region, and rocks containing gold and copper broke surface at various points in the Limpopo river valley and the northwestern part of the Cape Province, as well as further north in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Preindustrial farming people mined these deposits in open stopes to a depth of several feet and extracted the minerals from the deposits; but modern industrial technology was a prerequisite for the fuller exploitation of the region's vast quantities of gold, copper, diamonds, platinum, chrome, and uranium.
A History of South Africa by Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat