Staff Directory

Prof André Wessels
Senior Professor
9B 120
IB 29
051 4012330
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 136

Short CV

Higher education:  (at the UFS, Bloemfontein)

B.A. (cum laude), 1977.

B.A. Honours (History) (cum laude), 1978.

Postgraduate Higher Education Diploma (cum laude), 1979.

M.A. (History) (cum laude), 1982.

D.Phil. (History), 1986.

Employment record:

1980-1983:  Teacher, Natal Education Department."

1984-1987:  Researcher, Institute for Historical Research, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.

Since 1988 employed by the University of the Free State (Department of History) – first as a Lecturer, since 1991 as a Senior Lecturer, since 1996 as an Associate Professor, since 2002 as a Professor, and since 2007 as a Senior Professor.

Supervisor for postgraduate students (number of students – completed studies):


Honours dissertations:  10

M.A. theses:  4

Ph.D. theses:  4

Structured M.A.s:  7

Lectured M.A. courses (presented portions of the courses):  10, for 119 students



M.A. mini-theses:  2 (co-supervisor)


Postgraduate external examination:

M.A. mini-theses:  4

M.A. theses:  7

D.Litt. et Phil. theses:  1

D.Phil. theses:  10


Area of Expertise

Post-colonial history of Africa; post-1948 South African political history; South African military history, especially the history of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), and the history of the South African National Defence Force (with special reference to the South African Navy).


Publications (Short List)

Full-length articles in accredited national journals: 109 (including 44 as co-author)

Other academic articles:  14

Books (including as editor and/or annotator):  8

Smaller monographs:  5

Chapters in books:  15

Articles in the Dictionary of South African Biography, part 5:  4 (including 1 as co-author)

Reports (HSRC):  3

Contributions in encyclopaedias:  5

Book reviews:  134

Articles in the Oxford dictionary of national biography: 2

Other publications (including academic articles for newspapers and articles for national and international journals):  69


Courses Presented

GES702      Introduction to the history of South Africa in the twentieth century (1902-1939)/Inleiding tot die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika in die twintigste eeu  

GES791      Mini-thesis (50-75 pages text)/Skripsie (50-75 bladsye teks)

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