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By Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat

ISBN-10: 0300087764

ISBN-13: 9780300087765

A number one student of South Africa offers a clean and penetrating exploration of that country's background, from the earliest identified human inhabitation of the zone to the current, focusing totally on the studies of its black population. For this 3rd variation, Leonard Thompson provides new chapters that describe the move of energy and the recent South Africa less than the presidencies of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.

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Povertyis a social status. " 16There was, however, a dark side of the hunter-gatherers' way of life, andit, too, was a consequence of their mobility. People were left to die when they were too old to walk, and twins and other children were killed when they were too numerous to carry. Inskeep provides a judicious summation of the hunter-gathering culture as it had matured in Southern Africa by the beginning of the Christian era: "We find evidence of sophisticated and successful populations employing 9 THEAFRICANS with confidence a wide range of skills to support themselves in their chosen, or inherited territories.

British archaeologist David Phillipson summarizes the process as revealed in the archaeological record in Southern Africa: "The archaeological sites and artifacts ... make a marked contrast with those that had gone before, and contain the first evidence in these southerly latitudes for food-production, for settled village life, for metallurgy and ... "23 He adds: "The fact that so many important aspects of culture were introduced together over such a wide area and so rapidly makes it highly probable that the beginnings of iron-using in subequatorial Africa [were] brought about as a result of the physical movement of substantial numbers of people ....

The farming population gradually expanded across the escarpment and increased in numbers. D. 1,000, farmers were present in much of Natal, the Cape Province east of the Kei River, the Transvaal, Swaziland, eastern Botswana, and the northeastern Orange Free State. They were living in villages where they produced pottery and metallic implements, and in most areas they integrated crop cultivation and pastoralism. Bythe sixteenth century, mixed farmers occupied nearly all of the land east of the twenty-inch rainfall line in Southern Africa, except for mountainous terrain, and all were pastoralists as well as crop producers.

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