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A Living Man from Africa: Jan Tzatzoe, Xhosa Chief and Missionary, and the Making of Nineteenth-Century South Africa

Roger S. Levine


Born into a Xhosa royal family around 1792 in South Africa, Jan Tzatzoe was destined to live in an era of profound change—one that witnessed the arrival and entrenchment of European colonialism. As a missionary, chief, and cultural intermediary on the eastern Cape frontier and in Cape Town and a traveler in Great Britain, Tzatzoe helped foster the merging of African and European worlds into a new South African reality. Yet, by the 1860s, despite his determined resistance, he was an oppressed subject of harsh British colonial rule. The book reclaims Tzatzoe's lost story and analyzes his contrib ... More

Keywords: European colonialism, missionary, Cape Town, Jan Tzatzoe, British colonial rule, intellectual change, Africans, Xhosa royal family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300125214
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300125214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger S. Levine, author