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Acknowledgments There are many ways to measure how much has gone into this book’s development, but I’ll start with the personal. When I first visited South Africa and the Transkei in 1992—a trip that really sparked my interest in pursuing historical research on the Eastern Cape—I was also intensely curious about the long-term future of my relationship with my girlfriend at the time. Some thirteen years later, I find myself not only completing a book on the Transkei but very happily married to that former girlfriend, Elizabeth Herrmann, and together raising our four-year-old daughter, Rosa, and our infant son, Samuel. In the intervening years, there have also been significant losses—of family members, mentors, and friends. Among other things, these different experiences and the complex emotions they evoke have taught me important lessons which in turn have informed the writing of this present work: that memories and the unanticipated directions of life continually make the past novel, meaningful , and anything but simple. I am deeply indebted to the many individuals and institutions that have contributed to this book’s development over the years. The University of Minnesota Graduate School, the MacArthur Program at the University of Minnesota , the Joint Committee on African Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies (with funds provided by the Rockefeller Foundation), and Middlebury College together provided vital financial support for this project. While pursuing my doctorate at the University of Minnesota, many fellow students pushed my thinking in new directions both inside and outside of the classroom. I am particularly grateful for the opportunities to learn from and with Heidi Gengenbach, Amy Kaler, Premesh Lalu, Matt Martin, Marissa Moorman, Maanda Mulaudzi, Wapumuluka Mulwafu, Agnes Odinga, Derek Peterson, Daviken StudnickiGizbert , and Guy Thompson. Various faculty members inspired and helped refine the early evolution of this project into a dissertation, and I would especially like to thank Jean Allman, the late Susan Geiger, Allen Isaacman, and ix You are reading copyrighted material published by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Unauthorized posting, copying, or distributing of this work except as permitted under U.S. copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. Ben Pike for immersing me in the complexities and challenges of African Studies, and Jean O’Brien-Kehoe for guiding me through the exploration of comparative themes in Native American history. My research experiences in South Africa would not have been possible without the generosity, support, and warmth of many people. Lwandlekazi de Klerk, Veliswa Tshabalala, and Tandi Somana provided invaluable skills and insights as research assistants at different stages of my fieldwork. Staff at the South African government archives in Cape Town and the University of Transkei ’s Bureau of African Research and Documentation were particularly accommodating . Various individuals and families also graciously opened their homes and their social worlds to me in the Eastern Cape and in Cape Town, including Gerard Back, Tessa Dowling, Sue and Jim Gibson, Premesh and Vivienne Lalu, Hugh and Monica Macmillan, Mandla Matyumza, Maanda Mulaudzi and Amy Bell-Mulaudzi, Sophie Oldfield and David Maralack, Pule Phoofolo, and Lance van Sittert. And I am forever thankful to the various men and women in the Eastern Cape who so generously shared their time, their lives, and their thoughts with me in interviews and whose words have challenged and expanded my understanding of the Transkei’s history. I am also very grateful for the critical comments and constructive suggestions many colleagues have offered as I have presented parts of this evolving research at various annual meetings of the African Studies Association and the American Society for Environmental History, the 2003 International Conference on Forest and Environmental History of the British Empire and Commonwealth at the Centre for World Environmental History (University of Sussex), the Northeastern Workshop on Southern Africa (Burlington, Vermont ), the History Department Seminar Series and the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University, and the History Department ’s “Empires, Colonies, Nations” Seminar Series at McGill University . Special thanks go to William Beinart, Ben Cousins, Derick Fay, Nancy Jacobs, Thembela Kepe, Premesh Lalu, Gregory Maddox, Jim McCann, Lungisile Ntsebeza, Lance van Sittert, Richard Tucker, and Andrew Wardell for their feedback, insights, and encouragement. I would also like to thank the editors of the International Journal of African Historical Studies at Boston University’s African Studies Center for permitting me...


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