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Cricket and conquest: Volume 1: 1795-1914: The history of South African cricket retold

Cricket and conquest: Volume 1: 1795-1914: The history of South African cricket retold (Paperback)

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The first of its kind for any sport in South Africa. A cricket love story of epic dimensions with details which will blow readers away. Cricket and Conquest goes back to the beginning 221 years ago and fundamentally revises long-established foundational narratives of early South African cricket. It reaches beyond old whites-only mainstream histories to integrate at every stage and in every region the experiences of black and women cricketers.A purely British military game at first, cricket accompanied the process of colonial conquest every step of the way in the nineteenth century. This book and its companion volumes explain how racism came to be built into the very fabric of cricket's 'culture' and 'traditions', and how it was uncannily tied to the broader historical processes that shaped South Africa. The unique experiences of our different cricket communites are described in ways that have not been done before. The exhaustive research and inter-connections highlighted here make this a COMPLETELY NEW general history of South African Cricket.

Andre Odendaal is a historian, writer, former, first-class cricketer, non-racial sports activist and CEO of the Cape Cobras and famous Newlands Cricket Ground. He is honorary Professor in History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape. He was awarded the President's Award for sport in 2001 for his contributions to the sports struggle. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and spent thirteen years at the UWC, where he focused on public history and founded the Mayibuye Centre for History and Culture in South Africa. He was also founding Director of the Robben Island Museum, the first national heritage institution of the new democracy. His main research areas are the social history of sport and the history of the liberation struggle. His nine books include Vukani Bantu! (1984); Liberation Chabalala (1993 with Roger Field); The Story of an African Game(2003, co-published with the HSRC) and The Founders (2012) on the origins of the ANC and the struggle for democracy in South Africa. His work has also been published in Britain and the USA and has been shortlisted for the Sanlam Prize for literature and the UK Cricket Society Book of the Year.

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