Lindsay Frederick Braun, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 2008), is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Oregon. His work on colonial southern Africa has appeared in a number of publications, including the South African Historical Journal and the Journal of Southern African Studies.
Anyone interested in rural South Africa during the late nineteenth century, especially the Transkei or Transvaal, or the history of geography and survey relative to colonial states generally.
'Braun (Univ. of Oregon) examines the role of surveyors and cartographers in remaking the landscape of rural South Africa between the 1850s and the Natives Land Act (1913). Analyzing the complex and multivalent lenses through which Africans understood, responded to, and resisted these imagined and physical alterations to the landscape, Braun seeks to recover the participation of Africans in these processes without reducing or simplifying their motivations and worldviews to “communalism.”
C. V. Reed, Elizabeth City State University, in CHOICE July 2015 vol. 52 no. 11
'Lindsay Frederick Braun’s outstanding book makes a significant contribution to South African history. He enters the later part of the nineteenth century through the unusual portals of surveying and cartography; drawing on many neglected and underutilized sources'.
Norman Etherington, University of Western Australia, in Journal of African History, Vol. 57.3
'Colonial Survey and Native Landscapes adds an important, hitherto missing dimension to South African historiography – the history of surveying, an important cog in the establishment of colonial power. It will sit proudly beside such works as Colin Murray’s Black Mountain (1992) for close attention to landscape'.
Peter Limb, Michigan State University, in Canadian Journal of African Studies, June 2016
Table of contents
Notes on Terminology and Usage
List of Illustrations and Maps
Abbreviations and Initialisms
1. Introduction: The Construction of Colonial Terrritory
PART I: Imagining Lands without Chiefs
2. Redefining Land and Location in the Eastern Cape
3. “Cut Into Little Bits”: Engineering Social Order
4. Survey and Mediation in Fingoland
PART II: Locating the Enduring Kingdom
5. The Notional Republic
6. “Before, the Entire Land Was Ramabulana”
7. The Fall and Rise of Mphephu
8. Objections and Objectives: SANAC, the Tsewu Case, and the Land Act