An Economic History of South Africa: Conquest, by Charles H. Feinstein

By Charles H. Feinstein

Charles Feinstein surveys years of South African monetary historical past from the years previous ecu settlements in 1652 via to the post-Apartheid period. Following the early section of gradual development, he charts the transformation of the economic system as a result of discovery of diamonds and gold within the 1870s, and the fast upward thrust of within the wartime years. eventually, emphasizing the methods during which the black inhabitants used to be disadvantaged of land, and triggered to provide hard work for white farms, mines and factories, Feinstein files the advent of apartheid after 1948, and its outcomes for fiscal functionality

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4 per cent, and by the 1850s it was still well under 1 per cent. 2. 8 Source: All data on UK imports from R. Davis, The industrial revolution and British overseas trade, Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1979, p. 93. vigorous expansion of production for export to the United Kingdom in other parts of the formal and informal empire is very striking. While the departure of the VOC brought some improvement in the economic condition of the Cape, many other changes introduced by the British were unacceptable to a large part of the Boer community, and drove them to initiate the next significant phase in the movement of white settlers into the interior.

But it is equally clear that the scale of their overall market activity was stunted and puny, especially with respect to exports. 2 shows, in the first half of the nineteenth century purchases from the Cape are only barely discernible in total imports into the United Kingdom. 1 per cent of that total. 4 per cent, and by the 1850s it was still well under 1 per cent. 2. 8 Source: All data on UK imports from R. Davis, The industrial revolution and British overseas trade, Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1979, p.

It was he who decided when particular stages of the agricultural cycle such as tilling, planting, harvesting, or cutting grass for thatching should begin, and he who defined which areas were to be used as pasture and which as arable. There were many advantages to this regulation of space and of activity, but it also meant that there was little scope for individual initiative or innovation. Arable farming, from tilling and sowing to harvesting and threshing, was undertaken mainly by women. In addition to the staple grains, they South Africa in international perspective 19 planted and cared for melons, beans, pumpkins, and root crops.

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