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Title:The place of Dutch historians in South African historiography
Author:Schutte, Gerrit J.
Periodical:African Historical Review
Geographic terms:South Africa
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External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17532520701463380
Abstract:This article on the place of Dutch historians in South African historiography argues that Dutch historians originally dominated South African historiography and continued to make a contribution to the discipline until the second half of the 20th century. A particular contribution of Dutch historians to South African historiography has been their role as teachers and promoters to the first and second generation of Afrikaner academic historians. These contributions came to a virtual standstill in the 1970s when there were conflicting opinions on the South African government's apartheid policy. Since that time, the academic distance between the Netherlands and South Africa has been widening due to developments in both countries. The author describes in particular the role of some of the founding fathers of Afrikaner historiography and their relationship to Dutch intellectual discourse, as well as the Dutch contribution to South African historiography in the 20th century, focusing on the work of the Leiden historians Pieter Geyl, P.J. Van Winter and W.Ph. Coolhaas. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]