Agonising Over the Mfecane: The Mfecane Aftermath

Barry Morton


Beyond any doubt, the most original, most hard-hitting, most controversial, most revisionist, and most challenging work of southern African history in the last decade was Julian Cobbing's 'The Mfecane as an Alibi,' which appeared in the Journal of African History in 1989.' Cobbing's article sought to transform the way in which the Mfecane-and by implication, nineteenth century South African history-was viewed by historians.

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