An African Trading Empire: The Story of Susman Brothers & Wulfsohn, 1901-2005

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 27, 2005 - Business & Economics - 492 pages
Kinship and partnership united Elie and Harry Susman when they crossed the Zambezi from the south in 1901 and travelled north to buy cattle from King Lewanika in Barotseland. The result was a remarkable family business, Susman Brothers and Wulfsohn, that has flourished for over a century in some of the most logistically difficult, physically challenging and politically problematic environments in the world. An African Trading Empire is a unique diaspora story set against the backdrop of the great themes of European and African history from the Jewish persecution in Europe through colonial Africa to the triumph of African nationalism and decolonization.

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As the author of this book I would like to respond to the comment of Mrs Elna Janse van Rensburg. She is quite right - I did confuse the names Van Rensburg and Van der Merwe on page 353 of this book and I apologise for that. The book has been out now for eight years and this is the first serious error that has been brought to my attention. I am afraid it's not possible to publish a 500 page book without making some mistakes and I don't think one mistake makes the book worthless! I especially remember the interview that I did with Mrs Van Rensburg's husband's aunt, Mrs Edwardina Neethling , and I am sorry that I got her father's name wrong.
Hugh Macmillan

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Hugh Macmillan is an established historian of Africa who was Professor of History at the University of Transkei, South Africa, and has taught at universities in Zambia and Swaziland. He is the author of Zion in Africa (I.B.Tauris).

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