In time of plague : the Basotho and the rinderpest, 1896-8

Phoofolo, Pule (2000) In time of plague : the Basotho and the rinderpest, 1896-8. PhD thesis, Rhodes University.

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Rinderpest, the most dreaded bovine plague, struck the cattle of the BaSotho in British Basutoland early in 1897. By December the murrain had spent itself, having reduced the cattle population by half As it did so, the rinderpest claimed the primary historical significance of an epidemic. By sharpening behaviour and illuminating latent or developing tendencies, the rinderpest helped to reveal the nooks and crannies of contemporary historical processes that would have otherwise eluded historical visibility. This thesis brings out the complexities and ambiguities surrounding the epidemic. It uses the crisis occasioned by the panzootic in its multifaceted manifestations as a prism through which we might view the complex aspects of contemporary historical processes. It goes beyond the narrow limits of the crisis itself to discerning the broader and wider historical patterns that the rinderpest helped to highlight.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lesotho, History, Rinderpest, Epidemics
Subjects:D World History and History of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc > DT Africa > Southern Africa
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > History
ID Code:2480
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:17 Feb 2012 10:27
Last Modified:17 Feb 2012 12:43
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