The Future of South African Economic History

Stellenbosch Working Paper Series No. WP06/2012
 
Publication date: 2012
 
Author(s):
[protected email address] (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)
[protected email address] (School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand)
 
Abstract:

This note reviews the state and future of South African economic history. We argue that although new techniques, archival sources, international interest and a greater propensity to collaborate within and across disciplines have stimulated new research over the last decade, overcoming our divided methodological and ideological past remains first priority if South African economic history is to make a contribution to future development theory and policy, in South Africa and across the developing world.

 
JEL Classification:

N01

Keywords:

South Africa, economic history, historians, Apartheid, colonial history

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