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    Rebuffing Royals? Afrikaners and the royal visit to South Africa in 1947’

    Sapire, Hilary and Grundlingh, A. (2018) Rebuffing Royals? Afrikaners and the royal visit to South Africa in 1947’. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 46 (3), pp. 524-551. ISSN 0308-6534.

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    This article traces the responses of Afrikaners to the symbolism and political purposes of the 1947 royal visit to Southern Africa, the first post-war royal tour and the first visit of a reigning sovereign to the Union of South Africa. Taking place in the aftermath of a war that had caused bitter political divisions within Afrikaner ranks and stimulated radical populist nationalism, a royal tour intended to express the crown's gratitude for South Africa's participation in that war was bound to be contentious. Drawing on press accounts, biographies, autobiographies and archival sources, this article argues that the layered reactions of Afrikaners demonstrate that, even on the eve of the National Party's electoral victory on a republican and apartheid platform, attitudes towards monarchy and the British connection were more fluid and ambiguous than either contemporary propaganda or recent accounts have allowed. The diverse meanings attributed to this iconic royal tour reveal a process of intense contestation and reflection about South Africa's place in an empire that was in the throes of post-war redefinition and transformation, and confirm recent characterisations of the 1940s as one of manifold possibilities such that outcomes, like the electoral victory of the National Party in the following year, was far from pre-determined.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Royal visit, South Africa, Jan Smuts, Afrikaners, nationalists, King George Vl, South Africanism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Hilary Sapire
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 09:41
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:39


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