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An Imperfect OccupationEnduring the South African War$
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John Boje

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039560

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039560.001.0001

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The Aftermath of War

The Aftermath of War

(p.157) 7 The Aftermath of War
An Imperfect Occupation

John Boje

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the aftermath of the South African War, focusing on the period from the conclusion of peace, when Lord (Horatio) Kitchener shook hands with the Boer delegates and pledged, “We are good friends now,” to the establishment of the National Party with anti-British and anti-black bias. The chapter begins with a discussion of the postwar reconstruction, the reintegration of hendsoppers (surrendered Boers) and joiners, and the consolidation of Afrikaners’ national identity. It then considers the role of the Dutch Reformed Church in rebuilding community, along with the political resurgence of the adversaries of “protected burghers” in the Free State. It also looks at the 1914 rebellion that articulated a republican protest against the modernizing state. Finally, it highlights the postwar trauma suffered by blacks, their political marginalization, and the establishment of the African National Congress (ANC).

Keywords:   blacks, South African War, postwar reconstruction, hendsoppers, Boers, Afrikaners, national identity, Dutch Reformed Church, rebellion, African National Congress

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