The Battle of Dithakong and 'Mfecane' Theory


The Battle of Dithakong and 'Mfecane' Theory

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[Source - Henry Fagan for EMANDULO, 2021: A paper by Guy Hartley submitted for the Mfecane Aftermath conference held at University of the Witwatersrand in September in 1991. Hartley draws closely on evidence pertaining to the Battle of Dithakong to argue that Julian Cobbing's interpretation of the battle in his 'alibi' argument was contrived to allow for consistency with his overarching anti-Mfecane argument.]



The Battle of Dithakong and 'Mfecane' Theory

[ Source of title : FHYA using Guy Hartley's material ]

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Guy Hartley could not be reached on the question of acquiring permission to upload this paper. Given the paper is of educational and research value and does not serve a commercial purpose, FHYA took the decision to upload the paper. It is subject to removal in the event that Hartley requests that we do so.

Archival History

[Source - Henry Fagan for EMANDULO, 2021: Written by Guy Hartley ahead of the Mfecane Aftermath conference in September 1991. Copies were printed and distributed for the conference's attendees, including Jan-Bart Gewald. The paper remained in Gewald's possession after the conference. C. 2014, he donated it along with all of the other Mfecane Aftermath conference papers to Leiden University Library. In 2021, Gewald's deposit of Mfecane Aftermath conference papers was uncovered by Ettore Morelli of FHYA. Following a request by FHYA, the papers were digitised by Leiden University Libraries for use in the FHYA's Spotlight on the Mfecane presentation. Uploaded by Benathi Marufu for EMANDULO in September 2021.]

Event Actor Event Type Event Date Event Description
Five Hundred Year Archive (FHYA) Online curation 2021- Digitised by Leiden University Libraries in 2021
Leiden University Libraries Custody c.2014- Gifted to Leiden University Libraries by Jan-Bart Gewald c.2014
Guy Hartley Writing before September 1991
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