- Series: African Studies (Book 81)
- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 31, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521472032
- ISBN-13: 978-0521472036
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,835,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Bickford-Smith's book is essential reading for any researcher interested in Urban segregation, especially in South African variety. It is throroughly researched, very readable and his arguments have to be yaken seriously. As a first book on this subject, he succeeds in tying many of the threads left loose by earlier historians and he exposes 'liberal' Cape Town of the late nineteenth century in a way never before seen." Keith Tankard, H-Net Reviews
Nineteenth-century Cape Town, the capital of the British Cape Colony, was conventionally regarded as a liberal oasis in an otherwise racist South Africa. Vivian Bickford-Smith skilfully interweaves political, economic and social analysis to show that the English merchant class, far from being liberal, were generally as racist as Afrikaner farmers.