Breweries, Politics and Identity: The History Behind Namibian Beer

Namibian beer is celebrated as an inextricable part of Namibian nationalism, both within its domestic borders and across global markets. But for decades on end, the same brew was not available to the black population as a consequence of colonial politics. This book aims to explain how a European style beer has been transformed from an icon of white settlers into a symbol of the independent Namibian nation. The unusual focus on beer offers valuable insight into the role companies play in identity formation and thus highlights an understudied aspect of Namibian history, namely business–state relations.

This book is based on the thesis written by Tycho van der Hoog for the Research Master in African Studies at Leiden University. 

Read the review (pdf) by Paul Nugent for the Journal of Wine Economics, 15(4), 440-441. doi:10.1017/jwe.2020.46. A shorter version was published on The Conversation.
Read the review (pdf) by Henning Melber for Dhau. Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte 5 (2020).

Author(s) / editor(s)

Tycho van der Hoog

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Tycho van der Hoog is a PhD candidate at the African Studies Centre Leiden. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history (2014) and political science (2014), a research master’s degree in African Studies (2016) and a master’s degree in History (2017) from Leiden University.