Sean Redding

Sean Redding is a professor of history at Amherst College. She is the author of several articles on South African history, particularly on changes in African rural life in the late nineteeth and twentieth centuries.

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Sorcery and Sovereignty · Taxation, Power, and Rebellion in South Africa, 1880–1963
By Sean Redding

Rebellions broke out in many areas of South Africa shortly after the institution of white rule in the late nineteenth century and continued into the next century. However, distrust of the colonial regime reached a new peak in the mid-twentieth century, when revolts erupted across a wide area of rural South Africa. All these uprisings were rooted in grievances over taxes.

“A new and exciting interpretation of colonial rule in South Africa revolving around the central importance of taxation in establishing the power of colonial state.”

Jeffrey Brian Peires, author of The Dead Will Arise: Nongqawuse and the Great Xhosa Cattle-Killing Movement of 1856-7