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Orb and Sceptre: Studies on British Imperialism and its Legacies, in Honour of Norman Etherington




2007. Mapping Colonial Conquest: Australia and Southern Africa, editor. Perth: University of Western Australia Press.

2005. Missions and Empire, editor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2001. The Great Treks: The Transformation of Southern Africa, 1815–1854. London: Longman.

1992. Peace, Politics and Violence in the New South Africa, editor. Oxford: Hans Zell.

1991. The Annotated She, editor. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press.

1984. Theories of Imperialism: War, Conquest and Capital. London: Croom Helm.

1984. Rider Haggard. Boston: G. K. Hall.

1984. Time Gentlemen, Please!!: The Story of the Fight to Save the Aurora Hotel, 1983 (anonymously authored). Adelaide: Kitchener Press.

1978. Preachers, Peasants and Politics in Southeast Africa 1835–1880. London: Royal Historical Society.


2000. ‘Blainey revisited on the causes of war’. The Cunningham Lecture for 2000. The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Canberra. November.

1996. ‘The Historical profession in our universities: Trends and prospects’. Presidential Address to the 1996 Conference of the Australian Historical Association’, Melbourne. July.

1990. ‘Imagining Africa; penetrating Africa’. Inaugural Professorial Lecture, University of Western Australia. August.

1986. ‘Projecting imperial power’. Address on the occasion of the opening of the Maritime Museum of South Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. Port Adelaide. March.

1980. ‘No longer a young country’. Address to a special joint sitting of both houses of the South Australian Parliament commemorating the opening of the Constitutional Museum in Old Parliament House, Adelaide. July.


2006. ‘The political uses of dead races: A South African case’. In P Grimshaw and R McGregor, editors. Collisions of Cultures and Identities: Settlers and Indigenous People. Melbourne: University of Melbourne: 209–222.

2005. ‘Introduction’. In N Etherington, editor. Missions and Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1–18.

2005. ‘Education and medicine’, in N Etherington, editor. Missions and Empire. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 261–284.

2005. ‘The Missionary writing machine in nineteenth-century KwaZulu-Natal’. In J S Scott and G Griffiths, editors. Mixed Messages: Materiality, Textuality, Missions. New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 37–50.

2003. ‘Genocide by cartography’. In D Trigger and G Griffiths, editors. Disputed Territories: Land, Culture and Identity in Settler Societies. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press: 207–232.

2001. ‘Introduction’. In L Stiebel, N Etherington, J Carruthers and V Forbes. Thomas Baines’ Map of the Gold Fields of Southern Africa. CD ROM. Pietermaritzburg and Durban: University of Natal Press and Killie Campbell Africana Library.

2001. ‘Blainey revisited: Has peace broken out in the late 20th century?’ In B Hindness and M Jolly, editors. Thinking Peace, Making Peace. Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia: 7–20.

2000. ‘The standard of living question in nineteenth-century missions in KwaZulu-Natal’. In J de Gruchy, editor. The London Missionary Society in Southern Africa, 1799-1999. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press: 156–165.

1999. ‘Writing Truth and Reconciliation history for Nelson Mandela’s South Africa’. In L Manderson, editor. Reconciliation: Voices from the Academy in Australia. Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia: 5–14.

1999. ‘Missions and Empire’. In W R Louis and R W Winks, editors. Oxford History of the British Empire, Volume 5. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 303–314.

1997. ‘Kingdoms of this world and the next: Christian beginnings among Zulu and Swazi’. In R Elphick, editor. Christianity in the History of South Africa. Berkeley and Johannesburg: University of California Press and David Philip: 89–106.

1996. ‘Why South Africa is unlikely to follow the Yugoslav or the Soviet route to ethnically based fragmentation’. In P Rich, editor. Reaction and Renewal in South Africa. London: Macmillan: 263–273.

1995. ‘Old wine in new bottles: The persistence of narrative structures in the historiography of the Mfecane and the Great Trek’. In C Hamilton, editor, The Mfecane Aftermath: Reconstructive Debates in Southern African History. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: 35–49.

1995. ‘Putting the Mfecane controversy into historiographical context’. In C Hamilton, editor. The Mfecane Aftermath: Reconstructive Debates in Southern African History. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: 13–20.

1995. ‘Gender issues in Southeast African missions, 1835-1865’. In R Ross and H Bredekamp, editors. Missions and Christianity in South African History. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: 135–152.

1995. ‘The arts and Australia’s Asian neighbourhood’. In D Myers, editor. Re-inventing the Humanities: International Perspectives. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing: 142–147.

1994. ‘Is it too soon to begin devising explanations for the death of apartheid?’ In P Rich, editor. The Dynamics of Change in Southern Africa. London: Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press: 101–119.

1989. ‘The “Shepstone system” in Natal and beyond the borders’ and ‘Christianity and African society in the 19th century’. In W R Guest, editor. A New History of Natal. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press: 121–137 and 195–214.

1988. ‘Myths of local history’. In C Liston, editor. Bridging the Gap: National Issues in Local History. Sydney: Royal Historical Society of New South Wales: 6–19.

1986. ‘African economic experiments in colonial Natal’. In W R Guest, editor. Enterprise and Exploitation in a Victorian Colony. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press: 265–285.

1986. ‘Chief Buthelezi and the Zulus’. In J Hirst, editor. The Future of South Africa. Melbourne: The History Institute: 49–53.

1984. ‘Capitalist and socialist theories of imperialism with particular reference to South Africa 1890–1920’. In Southern African History: New Perspectives. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Senate Special Lectures, 1984: unpaged.

1982. ‘South African missionary ideologies 1880-1920: Retrospect and prospect’. In T Christensen and W R Hutchison, editors. Missionary Ideologies in the Imperialist Era: 1880-1920. Arhus, Denmark: Aros: 191–199.

1981. ‘Anglo-Zulu relations, 1856-1978’. In A Duminy and C Ballard, editors. The Anglo-Zulu War, New Perspectives. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press: 13–52.


2004. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Individual biographies of: François Coillard; William Ellis; James Frederic Elton; William Percival Johnson; William Cotton Oswell; Frederick Courteney Selous; John Richardson Selwyn; and Theophilus Shepstone.


2005. ‘South Africa: Boer expansion into the interior of South Africa’, ‘South Africa: Difaqane on the highveld’, ‘Lesotho treaties and conflict’, ‘Missionary enterprise, pre-colonial: religion, culture, imperialism’, ‘Lesotho: Moshoeshoe I’, ‘South Africa: Natal in the 19th century’, and ‘White settler factor: economic and political’. In Kevin Shillington, editor. Encyclopedia of African History. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2003. ‘War, demographic aspects’. In Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll, editors. Encyclopedia of Population, Revised edition. New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

2002. ‘The History Trust of South Australia’. In Wilfrid R Prest; Kerrie Round and Carol S Fort, editors. The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History. Adelaide: Wakefield Press: 260–262.


2004. ‘Were there large states in the coastal regions of Southeast Africa before the rise of the Zulu Kingdom?’ History in Africa 31: 157–183.

2004. ‘A tempest in a teapot?: Nineteenth-century contests for land in South Africa’s Caledon Valley and the invention of the Mfecane’. Journal of African History 45: 203–219.

2004. ‘A false emptiness: How historians may have been misled by early nineteenth century maps of South-eastern Africa’. Imago Mundi 56 (1): 67–86.

2004. With David Maxwell. ‘Missions and empire’. Journal of Religion in Africa 34: 194–199.

2002. ‘Outward and visible signs of conversion in nineteenth-century KwaZulu-Natal’. Journal of Religion in Africa 32: 422–39.

2002. ‘Reviewing “the evidence” for The Great Treks’. South African Historical Journal 47: 191–202.

2002. ‘Workshop report: Indigenous peoples and religious change: Reassessing mission Christianity in an international historical perspective’. Dialogue (Journal of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia) 21: 10–12.

2001. ‘Kandahar, Kabul and Jalalabad: Been there, done that’. CISA (Journal of the Centre for International Strategic Analysis) (November-December): 8.

1996. ‘Postmodernism and South African history’. New Contree 40 (November): 28–41.

1996. ‘PoMo and South African history’. Southern African Review of Books 44: 10–12.

1996. ‘Recent trends in the historiography of Christianity in Southern Africa’. Journal of Southern African Studies 22: 201–219.

1996. ‘The Gendering of indirect rule: Criminal law and colonial Fiji, 1875–1900’. Journal of Pacific History 31: 42–57.

1994. ‘Fissures in the post-apartheid academy’, South African Historical Journal 31: 205–208.

1993. ‘Edward Palmer Thompson (1924–1993)’. Southern African Review of Books 28: 5.

1991. ‘The aftermath of the aftermath’, contribution to the ‘Colloquium, “The Mfecane Aftermath”: Towards a new paradigm’. South African Historical Journal 25: 154–162.

1991. ‘The Great Trek in relation to the Mfecane: A reassessment’. South African Historical Journal 25: 3–21.

1988. Natal’s black rape scare of the 1870s’, Journal of Southern African Studies 15: 123–140.

1988. ‘Are we over-building Adelaide? Myths and realities’. Building and Architecture 15: 14–16.

1987. ‘Missionary doctors and African healers in Victorian South Africa’. South African Historical Journal 19: 77–91.

1987. ‘Buchan, imperialism and psychoanalysis (II)’. John Buchan Journal 7 (Winter).

1986. ‘Historical origins of the South African Revolution’. Lumen 15: 7–12

1986. ‘Buchan, imperialism and psychoanalysis (I)’. John Buchan Journal 6 (Autumn).

1984. With Carmel McKeough. ‘Jubilee 50’. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia 12: 3–21.

1983. ‘Missionaries and the intellectual history of Africa: A historical survey’. Itinerario 7 (2): 116–143.

1983. ‘The capitalist theory of capitalist imperialism’. History of Political Economy 15: 38–62.

1982. ‘Reconsidering theories of imperialism’. History and Theory 21: 1–36.

1982. ‘Theories of imperialism in Southern Africa revisited’. African Affairs 81: 385–407.

1981. ‘Frederick Elton and the South African factor in the making of Britain’s East African Empire’. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 9: 255–274.

1980. ‘The historical sociology of independent churches in Southeast Africa’. Journal of Religion in Africa 10: 108–126.

1979. ‘Labour supply and the genesis of South African Confederation in the 1870s’. Journal of African History 20: 235–254.

1978. ‘African economic experiments in colonial Natal, 1845-80’. African Economic History 5: 1–15.

1978. ‘Rider Haggard, imperialism and the layered personality’. Victorian Studies 22: 71–88.

1977. ‘Social theory and the study of Christian missions in Africa: A South African case study’. Africa 47: 31–40.

1977. ‘Rider Haggard’s imperial romances’. Meanjin Quarterly 36 (2): 189–199.

1977. ‘South African origins of Rider Haggard’s early African romances’. Notes and Queries (New Series) 24: 436–438.

1976. ‘The origins of “indirect rule” in nineteenth-century Natal’. Theoria 47: 11–21.

1976. ‘Mission station melting pots as a factor in the rise of South African black nationalism’. International Journal of African Historical Studies 9: 592–605.

1975. ‘Natal’s first black capitalists’. Theoria 45: 29–41.

1974. ‘Hyndman, the Social Democratic Federation and imperialism’. Historical Studies (Australia) 16: 89–103.

1974. ‘Theories of empire and modern American imperialism’. Australian Journal of Politics and History 20: 210–222.

1970. ‘An American errand into the South African wilderness’. Church History 39: 62–71.


2006. ‘Empire’s fate’. Arena Magazine 81: 40–43.

2002. ‘The view across the river: The Colenso family and Natal’. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 30: 154–158.

1998. ‘Zulu Kings, coronations, and conversations with colonial officials’. South African Historical Journal 39: 228–235.

1996. ‘Children of bondage/breaking the chains’. South African Historical Journal 34: 303–308.

1996. ‘Betrayed trust’, South African Historical Journal 34: 291–295.

1993. ‘A history of South Africa’. International Journal of African Historical Studies 26: 450–453.

1993. ‘Black gold’. Southern African Review of Books 25 (May/June): 20–22.

1992. ‘Shrinking the Zulu’. Southern African Review of Books. 4 (September/October): 23.

1992. ‘The long conversation: Of revelation and revolution’. International Journal of African Historical Studies 25: 213–216.

1991. ‘Journeys from old to new faiths’. International Journal of African Historical Studies 24: 7–9.

1989. ‘Declines and falls’. Victorian Studies 32: 573–577.

1989. ‘You can’t get there from here: A future South Africa without apartheid’. Southern African Review of Books 9: 3–5.

1988. ‘Buthelezi and the South African Revolution’. Southern African Review of Books 2: 3–5.

1984. ‘The House of Phalo, and before and after Shaka: Papers in Nguni history’. Journal of Southern African Studies 11 (1): 157–161.

1981. ‘Black peasants in Natal and Zululand: The agenda for research’. Journal of Natal and Zulu History 4: 74–78.

1981. ‘The subjugation of the Zulu’. Journal of African History 5: 108–110.

1979. ‘Half a loaf for African history’. African Economic History 8: 260–263.

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