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Dr Bruce S. Bennett

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Dr B. S. Bennett, M.A. (Canterbury), Ph.D. (Cambridge), bennett@mopipi... [Click here for full email address] Office: 202/2.

After studying in Christchurch (New Zealand) and in England, I came to the University of Botswana in 1993 and have been here since then, except during 1998 - 99 when I taught at the University of Malawi (Chancellor College, Zomba). I have taught a number of courses especially in the areas of European history, and research methods and the philosophy of history, but also a range of other topics including African history.

My first published work was on New Zealand foreign policy, (New Zealand's Moral Foreign Policy 1935 - 1939, N.Z. Institute of International Affairs, 1988) but I have subsequently researched mainly in British political and church history and in Southern African history.

Some publications:

Bruce S.Bennett, "Intercalation in the Traditional Setswana Calendar", Botswana Notes and Records, vol. 50, 2018, pp. 18-31.

Bruce S.Bennett, "Omphalos, miracles, and Occam's razor", BOLESWA Journal of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, vol. 5 no. 1 (2018), pp. 174-187.

Bruce Bennett, "Amateur Historical Writing in Botswana: Issues and Examples", BOLESWA Journal of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, vol. 4, no. 2 (Dec. 2014) pp. 68-88.

Bruce S. Bennett, "The Black Swan and the Owl of Minerva: Nassim Nicholas Taleb and the Historians", Historia: Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa, vol. 59 no. 2, November 2014, pp. 369-87.

Bruce S. Bennett & Alison Wallis, "Khama v. Ratshosa revisited: The Privy Council ruling of 1931 on house-burning", Botswana Notes and Records, vol. 44.

Bruce S.Bennett & Maitseo M. M. Bolaane, "The BaKhurutshe Anglicans of Tonota and religious persecution in the Bechuanaland Protectorate", International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 43 no. 2 (2010) pp. 319-340.

"Mogotse's Goats and Other Cases before the Gaberones Magistrate in 1908", Botswana Notes and Records, vol. 40 (2008) pp. 21-34.

"Ecumenical Readings of Bessie Head", in The Life and Work of Bessie Head: A Celebration of the Seventieth Anniversary of her Birth (proceedings of July 2007 symposium) (eds) Mary S. Lederer, Seatholo M. Tumedi, Leloba S. Molema, and M. J. Daymond, (Gaborone: Pentagon Publishers, 2008) pp. 72-84.

"The declaration of the Protectorate" and "The 1891 Proclamations", in Forty Years On: Essays in Celebration of Botswana's Forty Years of Independence, edited by T Mgadla and Brian T Mokopakgosi (Gaborone: Department of Information Services, 2008).

Bruce S. Bennett, "Ancient Egypt, Missionaries and Christianity in Southern Africa" in Ancient Egypt in Africa (Encounters with Ancient Egypt series) edited by David O'Connor and Andrew Reid, (London: UCL Press, 2003) pp. 107-120.

"Some historical background on minorities in Botswana", in Minorities in the Millennium: Perspectives from Botswana ed. Isaac N. Mazonde (Gaborone: Lightbooks, 2002), pp. 5-15. [Based on paper presented to the International Conference on Challenging Minority Deference and Tribal Citizenship in Botswana, Gaborone, May 2000, International Centre for Contemporary Cultural Research, Manchester & University of Botswana.]

" Dead bodies on display: El Negro in cross-cultural perspective", Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies vol. 16 no. 1 (2002) pp. 8-13.

"Banister v. Thompson and Afterwards: The Church of England and the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act", Journal of Ecclesiastical History, October 1998.

"  'Suppose a Black Man Tells a Story': the Dialogues of John Mackenzie the Missionary and Sekgoma Kgari the King and Rainmaker", Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies, Vol. 11 No. 1 (1997) (Essays in Honour of L.D. Ngcongco)

"The Church of England and the law of divorce since 1857: Marriage discipline, ecclesiastical law, and the Establishment", The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 45 no. 4 (Oct 1994) pp. 625-41.

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