Schnurr. (2011). The Boom and Bust of Zululand Cotton, 1910-1933. Journal of Southern African Studies, 31(1), 119-134

This article is based on a chapter of my Ph. D. dissertation which investigated the boom and bust of the largest cotton surge in South African history. I argue that cotton figured as a preferred crop within emerging national agricultural policy because it accorded with the political and ideological priorities of the new white settler state, and that it failed due to mistakes in planning and production, as well as more trenchant issues of ecological incompatibility.

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