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Title:Boers, Bantu and Beer in South Africa: The King's Afrikaners? Enlistment and Ethnic Identity in the Union of South Africa' Defence Force during the Second World War, 1939-45
Author:Grundlingh, AlbertISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:40
Issue:3
Period:November
Pages:351-365
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Afrikaners
World War II
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
Military, Defense and Arms
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/183618
Abstract:This article looks at Afrikaner participation in the Second World War and the seemingly contradictory impact of the war on what was regarded as Afrikaner identity. In contrast to other Commonwealth countries, where the notion of British and imperial kinship still had some common resonance as far as recruitment appeals were concerned, in South Africa a different strategy had to be adopted. More attention was paid to recasting the war effort in Afrikanerized terms. Furthermore, the fact that at least 50 pecent of the Union Defence Force consisted of Afrikaans-speakers during the war, was only in part due to Smuts's call for 'South Africanism'; personal and financial reasons also propelled Afrikaans-speakers into the military. The article concludes, in contrast to the existing historiography on Afrikaner nationalism, that the impact of the war on Afrikaner ethnicity was more nuanced and complex than has been hitherto assumed. Ref., sum.
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