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Envisioning the worst representations of "Hottentots" in early-modern England by Linda Evi Merians

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Published by University of Delaware Press, Associated University Presses in Newark, London, Cranbury, NJ .
Written in English

Subjects:

Places:

  • Cape of Good Hope (South Africa),
  • England

Subjects:

  • Khoikhoi (African people) -- Public opinion.,
  • Khoikhoi (African people) -- Social life and customs -- 16th century.,
  • Khoikhoi (African people) -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.,
  • Travelers" writings, English.,
  • Public opinion -- England -- History -- 16th century.,
  • Public opinion -- England -- History -- 17th century.,
  • Racism -- England -- History -- 16th century.,
  • Racism -- England -- History -- 17th century.,
  • Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) -- Description and travel.,
  • Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) -- Discovery and exploration -- English.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-283) and index.

StatementLinda E. Merians.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsDT1058.K56 M47 2001
The Physical Object
Pagination289 p. :
Number of Pages289
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6789208M
ISBN 100874137381
LC Control Number00048916

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