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Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is back in the public eye thanks to a series of open letters he’s written since the start of 2016. Reuters/Phil Moore

Why Mbeki’s contested articles have a role to play in South Africa’s history

Former President Thabo Mbeki’s critique of South African historiography, and his concomitant attempt to correct this body of work, has set off a significant public discussion.
EP Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class brought narrative methods to bear on historical scholarship. Wellcome Trust/WIkimedia Commons

Historical texts as literature? We do well to praise EP Thompson

There's no shortage of historical texts, but only a handful are lauded as literature. We can learn valuable lessons by revisiting EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class.
Local history has an important place in Australia. The academic world should get involved. Flickr/Kate's Photo Diary

Academic snobbery: local historians need more support

Local history is one of the most popular forms of history in Australia. Yet there is a yawning gap between the enthusiastic amateur and the academic historian. While some academic historians engage with…

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