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A Place That Matters YetJohn Gubbins’s MuseumAfrica in the Postcolonial World$
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Sara Byala

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030272

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226030449.001.0001

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Two Worlds Collide: John Gaspard Gubbins in South Africa, 1902–1924

Two Worlds Collide: John Gaspard Gubbins in South Africa, 1902–1924

(p.23) One Two Worlds Collide: John Gaspard Gubbins in South Africa, 1902–1924
A Place That Matters Yet

Sara Byala

University of Chicago Press

This chapter details the time period from Gubbins’ arrival in 1902 to the publication of his Three-Dimensional Thinking in 1924, tracing the arc of his intellectual breakdown and the concurrent birth of his novel manner of thought while highlighting the glimpses his story offers of South Africa along the way. It is posited here that Gubbins’ tale is at once unique and representative of larger processes evident in this era of South African history that have become obscured in hindsight. Specifically, the author asserts that it was the disconnect between Gubbins’ late-Victorian education and the realities of South Africa in the early decades of the twentieth century that caused the very disintegration from which three-dimensional thought sprung. In this chapter, both the nature and content of Gubbins’ intellectual collapse shed light on the interplay between metropole and colony in the years surrounding the Second South African War and World War I.

Keywords:   intellectual breakdown, Gubbins, three-dimensional thinking, South Africa, late-Victorian education, metropole, colony, Second South African War, World War I

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