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HOFMEYR, Isabel. South Africa-India: Towards close scholarly ties. Historia [online]. 2009, vol.54, n.1, pp.3-12. ISSN 2309-8392.

This article sets out a new body of historiography that explores connections and comparisons between South Africa and India. The article explains the factors behind the emergence of this body of work. On the one hand, the political transition in South Africa has enabled a free flow of people and ideas to and from India. On the other, the transnational turn in the humanities and social sciences has facilitated a move beyond national, regional and areas studies models which constrained older historiographies. The article concludes by placing the articles in this special collection in this emerging historiography.

Keywords : African and Indian nationalism; comparative history; connected histories; Gandhi; Indian Ocean Studies; neo-Gandhism; passive resistance; satyagraha; South Africa-India; transnationalism.

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