Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg (Historical Dictionaries of Cities #7) (Hardcover)

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In just over a century of existence, Johannesburg, the "City of Gold," has played a vital role in the development of South Africa. Today, it is the center of Gauteng, the province which serves as the economic heart of the entire region. The city continues to exert influence over the whole of the African sub-continent. Johannesburg's evolution in the last two decades provide important insights into the transformation of South Africa as a whole. The Dictionary is of great value to readers who wish to understand events that shaped South Africa in the successive eras of gold discovery, British colonization, Nationalist Party apartheid legislation, and transformation under the aegis of the African National Congress. The Musikers make an important departure from previous historical surveys in that they include information on the role of the original indigenous inhabitants of South Africa who occupied the area of the future city long before the first white settlers, and who, through their intensive labor on the gold mines, played a decisive role in the progress of Johannesburg. The present volume, besides covering the economic and political history of Johannesburg, also deals with cultural aspects of the city including architecture, art, music, and theatre, which provide a fascinating multi-cultural portrait of the cosmopolitan city.

About the Author

Naomi Musiker (B.A., University of the Witwatersrand; H.Dip.Lib., Rhodes University, Grahamstown) has contributed numerous biographical articles for theDictionary of South African Biography and the Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. She is an experienced indexer who has worked for some of South Africa's leading publishers and indexed many important reference works.Reuben Musiker (M.A. University of Pretoria; B.Sc., University of the Witwatersrand; H.Dip.Lib., University of Cape Town) is currently emeritus professor at the University of the Witwatersrand where he was professor of Librarianship and Bibliography before retiring in 1991. In 1985 he was the first recipient of the SAILIS Award for Bibliography, and in 1996 this premier national award was renamed the Reuben Musiker Award for Bibliography in his honor. Both authors are residents of Johannesburg and South African citizens. Their previous publications include Southern African Bibliography (Scarecrow 1996).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780810835207
ISBN-10: 0810835207
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Publication Date: June 3rd, 1999
Pages: 534
Language: English
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Cities