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Recent trends in South African water historiography

Johann Tempelhoff
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 4, No 1 | a164 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v4i1.164 | © 2008 Johann Tempelhoff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 March 2016 | Published: 11 April 2008

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Johann Tempelhoff, History in the School of Basic Sciences, NorthWest University, Vaal Triangle Campus. Gauteng, South Africa

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The discipline of water history is relatively young but since the 1990s there has been growing interest in the field. In this article an exposition is provided on the origins of the discipline of water history as a subdivision of environmental history. The discussion then turns to an outline of recent developments in the historiography of water history in South Africa. Attention is also given to the possibility of extending the study of this discipline into a number of allied fields.


historiography; water history; environmental history; technology history; South Africa; outcomes based education (OBE); transdisciplinarity and methodology


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