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Voluntary barbarians of the Maloti-Drakensberg

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The BaPhuthi chiefdom, cattle raiding, and colonial rule in nineteenth-century Southern Africa
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This thesis presents an archaeological, historical, and ethnohistorical study of the nineteenth-century BaPhuthi, a peripatetic, horticulturist chiefdom with a political economy premised upon cattle raiding and active in southern Africa’s Maloti-Drakensberg Mountains. The BaPhuthi appear as a valuable case study for exploring how ‘tribes’ and cultural identities (particularly when rooted in subsistence strategies) are historically and archaeologically constructed. Firstly, the thesis explores...

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University of Oxford, Archaeology
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DPhil
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University of Oxford
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