An Age of Hubris: Colonialism, Christianity, and the Xhosa in the Nineteenth Century (Reconsiderations in Southern African History) (Paperback)

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An Age of Hubris is the first comprehensive overview of the impact of missionary enterprise on the Xhosa chiefdoms of South Africa in the first half of the nineteenth century, chronicling a world punctuated by war and millenarian eruptions, and the steady encroachment of settler land hunger and colonial hegemony. With it, Timothy Keegan contributes new approaches to Xhosa history and, most important, a new dimension to the much-trodden but still vital topic of the impact--cultural, social, and political--of missionary activity among African peoples.

The most significant historical works on the Xhosa have either become dated, foreground imperial-colonial history, or remain heavily theoretical in nature. In contrast, Keegan draws fruitfully on the rich Africanist comparative and anthropological literature now available, as well as extant primary sources, to foreground the Xhosa themselves in this crucial work. In so doing, he highlights the ways in which Africans utilized new ideas, resources, and practices to make sense of, react to, and resist the forces of colonial dispossession confronting them, emphasizing missionary frustration and African agency.

About the Author


Timothy Keegan is the author of Colonial South Africa and the Origins of the Racial Order (Virginia).


Product Details
ISBN: 9780813949178
ISBN-10: 0813949173
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: July 5th, 2023
Pages: 338
Language: English
Series: Reconsiderations in Southern African History