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The Oxford History of Historical WritingVolume 4: 1800-1945$
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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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The Writing of the History of Canada and of South Africa

The Writing of the History of Canada and of South Africa

(p.390) Chapter 19 The Writing of the History of Canada and of South Africa
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Donald Wright

Christopher Saunders

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses that while there are striking similarities between the historiographies of Canada and South Africa, there are also significant differences. In Canada, the writing of Canadian history from 1800 to 1945 was characterized not simply by the effort to explain the past, but by the imperative to transform the present from a question into an answer and narrate a purpose or even a mission. This chapter further mentions that like in Canada, many historians in South Africa wrote of the past as if indigenous people had no significant history of their own, and all historical writing remained Eurocentric. But unlike in Canada the central theme of historical writing on South Africa was how whites had interacted with the black majority.

Keywords:   historiographies, Canada, South Africa, Canadian history, historical writing, whites, black majority

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