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By Vivian Bickford-Smith

concentrating on South Africa's 3 major towns - Johannesburg, Cape city, and Durban - this publication explores South African city background from the overdue 19th century onwards. specifically, it examines the metropolitan perceptions and stories of either black and white South Africans, in addition to these of holiday makers, particularly viewers from Britain and North the US. Drawing on a wealthy array of urban histories, shuttle writing, novels, movies, newspapers, radio and tv courses, and oral histories, Vivian Bickford-Smith specializes in the implications of the depictions of the South African city and the 'slums' they contained, and particularly on how senses of city belonging and geography helped create and strengthen South African ethnicities and nationalisms. This bold and pioneering account, spanning greater than a century, should be welcomed by means of students and scholars of African background, city historical past, and ancient geography.

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