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Smuts and the politics of colonial expansion: South African strategy in regards to Namibia and the league of nations mandate: c 1910-1924

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dc.contributor.author Getz TR en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:16:53Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:16:53Z
dc.date.created 1996 en
dc.date.submitted 1997 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/52891
dc.description.abstract This research is an analysis of Jan Smuts's central role in the Union's conquest of South-West Africa in 1915, the fight for annexation of the territory in 1918-1919, and his subsequent shaping of the Mandate as Prime Minister of the Union until 1924. In addition it is an investigation of Smuts's motivations during this period. Three significant conclusions emerge from this dissertation. Primarily, the researcher argues that Smuts was involved in all three above described stages of the Union'' acquisition of South-West Africa, as both a policy-maker and the lead representative of South Africa's interests. Most importantly, the writer evaluates Smuts's incentives for so passionately leading the attempt to incorporate South-West Africa and contend that Smuts wanted to annex the territory because of his desire to create a white-led superstate in southern Africa, independent of European influence and with regional hegemony, and that the annexation of South-West Africa was an important step in that direction for Smuts. Additionally, the researcher assesses Smuts's successes and failures and conclude that his failure to fully realize annexation of the territory was responsible for Namibia's eventual independence. In order to prove the assertions, the researcher relies on both secondary and primary information from South African and Namibian archives. The primary sources are drawn from the papers of the Governor-General of the Union, the Prime Minister of the Union, the Secretary and Administrator of South-West Africa, and other such as the American Ambassador of South Africa. Additionally, the writer relies heavily on the extensive Smuts Papers and official documents from the Union and British governments during and after World War 1. The secondary sources are too extensive to list here but concentrate mainly either on Smuts or on South African involvement in South-West Africa. The analysis of Smut's involvement in South-West Africa, during the period 1914 to 1924 is important in several ways. Primarily the researcher's conclusions in this field give an original explanation which can be applied to Smuts's involvement in the histories of South Africa, the surrounding African nations, and the United Nations. In addition, this thesis helps explain the failure of Union intervention in South West Africa which is a poorly understood topic. Last, there is a paucity of academic research about the period 1914-1924 in southern Africa, and especially in Namibia, and part of the contribution of this thesis is to fill that gap. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject Namibia and Angola en
dc.title Smuts and the politics of colonial expansion: South African strategy in regards to Namibia and the league of nations mandate: c 1910-1924 en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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