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Title:'Munition Factories...Turning Out a Constant Supply of Living Material': White South African Elite Boys' Schools and the First World War
Author:Lambert, JohnISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic term:South Africa
World War I
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582470409464830
Abstract:The public school system was one of Britain's most successful exports to the Empire, and this paper explores the way in which South Africa's elite schools - catering mainly for the sons of the white, usually English-speaking, middle class -, like their other Dominion counterparts, modelled themselves on that system and similarly responded to the challenge of war between 1914 and 1918. As was to be shown during the war, the schools were nurseries of imperial patriotism, providing fertile recruiting grounds for South Africa's war effort. Weaned on stories of imperial greatness and imbued with ideals of imperial glory and chivalry, few schoolboys questioned the call of King and Empire. The paper examines a representative sample of boys' schools, private and government, urban and rural, and from throughout South Africa. Much of the material it is based on is from school magazines. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]