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The Road To Union

Part of the concept of British supremacy had entailed the incorporation of the different regions of South Africa into one state after the Union Jack had been hoisted over them. A united or federated South Africa would, it came to … Continue reading

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The First Black Challenges

Land hunger and labour demands prompted Africans during the 1920s and 1930s to take to Zionism or Ethiopianism in great numbers. In 1921 there were some 50 000 adherents of Zionist or Ethiopian bodies, out of a total of 1.3 … Continue reading

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A Resurgent Afrikaner Nationalism

A resurgent Afrikaner nationalist movement drew its dynamism mainly from three sources: the development of Afrikaans as high-culture language, the propagation of a nationalist history and the effort to promote Afrikaans businesses. The government had recognised Afrikaans as an official … Continue reading

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The Watershed Of War

South Africa inevitably became embroiled in the war that broke out in Europe in September 1939. The right of South Africa not to participate in Britain’s wars was one of the most burning issues among Afrikaner nationalists during the first … Continue reading

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The White Communities – English speaking Whites

Twenty years into Union, most English-speaking white South Africans identified in complex ways with both the country from which they or their ancestors had come and their country of residence. Over time, their identification with Britain declined and their identification … Continue reading

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