By Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat
A number one student of South Africa offers a clean and penetrating exploration of that country's heritage, from the earliest recognized human inhabitation of the quarter to the current, focusing totally on the stories of its black population. For this 3rd variation, Leonard Thompson provides new chapters that describe the move of strength and the hot South Africa less than the presidencies of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
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They entered into barter transactions with people from neighboring villages as a means of increasing their prestige and their wealth by accumulating large numbers of livestock, especially cattle. The sum of such exchanges constituted the long-distance networks that moved goods from areas where they were plentiful to areas where they were in short supply. In southeastern Africa natural hazards were less severe than in the tropics. Except for the lowveld in the northeast, the region was free of anopheles mosquitoes and, thus, of malaria.
A drought might affect a very smal] area or last no more than a single year; but sometimes-perhaps at least once in a human generation-devastating droughts hit entire subregions and persist for as long as a decade. , but since then there do not seem to have been any distinctive climatic changes. Most of the region is a plateau, ringed by an escarpment that runs parallel to the coast about a hundred miles inland and reaches its greatest height, more than ten thousand feet above sea level, in the Drakensberg range between Natal and Lesotho.
When Europeans arrived in Southern Africa, they found that the pastoralists were not as adept in music and rock painting and engraving as the hunter-gatherers. According to Elphick's reconstruction, the herding way of life spread by migratory drift and cultural transmission from the nuclear area in northern Botswana, where the first Southern African aborigines probably obtained livestock from herders further north. The initial direction of the expansive process would have been southward to the middle reaches of the Orange River.
A History of South Africa by Leonard Thompson, Lynn Berat