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Southern African world
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1. Introduction

1.1. State formation

The term “Southern African world” is generally understood in a narrower and a broader sense. The stricter definition includes only the extent of what is now South Africa and the neighboring nations of Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Namibia. The broader sense also extends to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia.

The peculiar dynamic that began to emanate from South Africa with the…

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Bley, Helmut, “Southern African world”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028484>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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