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Book launch of ‘Showdown at the Red Lion’ by Charles van Onselen

Book Launch

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Professor Charles van Onselen is a historian and Research Professor  at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria. He has been a long-standing member of the STIAS Academic Advisory Board.

Books authored by him include

Chibaro: African Mine Labour in Southern Rhodesia 1900-1933 (London 1976);
New Babylon and New Nineveh:  Studies in the Social and Economic History of the Witwatersrand, 1886-1914 (London and New York City 1982, reprinted, Johannesburg 2001);
The Seed is Mine:  The Life of Kas Maine, A South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985 (London, Johannesburg and New York 1996);
The Small Matter of a Horse:  The Life of ‘Nongoloza’ Mathebula, 1867-1948 (first published in Johannesburg 1984 and republished in Pretoria 2008);
The Fox and the Flies: The World of Joseph Silver, Racketeer and Psychopath (London, Johannesburg and New York, 2007).

His most recent work is Masked Raiders:  Irish Banditry in Southern Africa 1880-1899 (Cape Town, 2010).

He has been the recipient of the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for Commonwealth and Imperial History (1984) as well as the Sunday Times (Johannesburg) Alan Paton prize for non-fiction (1997) and the Herskovitz Prize of the African Studies Association of America (1997).  The Fox and the Flies was short listed for the Alan Paton Prize (2008) and the Bill Venter Literary Award (2010).

At the STIAS book launch Charles van Onselen will be in conversation with Albert Grundlingh, Professor of History at Stellenbosch University.

Please RSVP [email protected] or 021 469 8913



Date and time

Thursday, 12 March 2015

17:30 – 19:30​

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