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Title:J.A. Winter: visionary or mercenary? A missionary life in colonial context
Authors:Delius, Peter
Rüther, KirstenISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:missionary history
political history
biographies (form)
About person:Johannes August Winter (1847-1821)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582473.2010.493005
Abstract:This article focuses on the life of the missionary J.A. Winter who is best known for his role in the formation of the Lutheran Bapedi Church in 1890. It explores the vital part he played in a range of other important historical processes in the Transvaal, South Africa, including the struggles over the political and economic controls imposed on Pedi society after colonial conquest in 1879, the violent conflicts which took place in the region during the South African War and the form of admininistration that emerged in its aftermath. The authors argue that understanding his actions and impact requires exploring a range of contexts and conclude that there was not a single coherent vision which drove him. They dispute the interpretation which gives pride of explanatory place to the effect of his immersion in an alternative culture. They show how, over time, particular combinations of his material interests and conceptual constructs moulded his choices and their consequences. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]