Author | Lecturer | Historian

Originally from Somerset in England, Dr Dean Allen is a keynote public speaker and a best-selling author. Currently a Research Associate at Bournemouth University in the UK and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, he has lectured at universities in South Africa, the UK, Ireland and Australia and has published widely on the history and politics of sport and society throughout the British Empire, most notably South Africa. Dean is a popular guest lecturer and MC and has presented motivational talks and keynote papers around the world. He now offers his own online courses in history.

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Learn more about Dean and get a sense of what he does. Author, Lecturer, Historian – ‘The man who brings history to life’.

New Release


Frontier Land explores one of South Africa’s most captivating regions. The Eastern Cape is a land of rich history and fascinating people. This illustrated book will take you on a journey to forgotten towns and tell the stories of the people and places at the heart of this wonderfully diverse province. [Buy here]

*R295 per copy or a special offer of R550 for both new releases!

New Release


This Day In History is a fascinating look at those stories that have shaped our lives as well as those we have perhaps forgotten. Covering a different story throughout history – one for each day of the year – this is a book you won’t be able to put down. [Buy here]

*R295 per copy or a special offer of R550 for both new releases!

— Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa, by Dean Allen —

book_small Shortlisted for the Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award, Dean’s first book, Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa, is a historical account of the significance of Matjiesfontein and its founder James Douglas Logan focusing on cricket, politics and commerce during the years 1888 – 1910. This true story of the involvement of Logan and Matjiesfontein in the Anglo-Boer War also features prominently in the book. Unique photographs and documents from the Logan family archives, many of which have never been published before, form an integral part of the book.
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— ‘How Sport Shaped The World’ – An Online Course with Dr Dean Allen —

An Online Course with Dr Dean Allen

Not only for sports fans, this unique course is based on Dean’s years of experience of teaching at universities around the world. It examines how modern concepts like sport and leisure have influenced our global culture and national identities. You’ll explore why different countries have an obsession with certain sports and how this has transferred itself to how we view ourselves as international citizens. From humble beginnings to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, you will discover how sport has truly shaped the world!
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— Forthcoming Events —

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— Motivational Speaking —

A specialist in South African affairs, Dean is a popular motivational speaker and MC, known for his educational and entertaining style.

Sport and empowerment

What disadvantaged communities can teach us

The business of sport

Have we sold our souls? A look back to when sport was a passion, not a pay cheque

Teamwork or synergy

Is the discipline of sport changing?

Sport in business

Embracing effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others

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