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Fellow (1 September 2003 - 31 January 2004)
During my stay at NIAS, I concentrated on my work for a book to be entitled Clothing, a Global History: or the Imperialists' New Clothes, to be published by Polity Press. In the time that was available to me, I tried to benefit as much as I could from the unrivalled advantages that NIAS offers for the collection and use of published academic literature. As a result, I was able to order well over 250 books and articles during my five-month stay, to supplement those I found via the internet and as electronic journals. These sources provided me with the basis for the various chapters of the book, which I hope to have nearly completed by the end of 2004. I was able to complete three chapters (out of a projected eight), and to make substantial inroads into several of the others.
In addition, as a historian of South Africa I continued my work on editing the Cambridge History of South Africa (largely chasing up authors). I wrote five book reviews and revised several conference papers for publication.
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