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dc.contributor.authorWessels, Andre
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-10T08:51:59Z
dc.date.available2018-01-10T08:51:59Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationWessels, A. (2017). Half a century of South African "Border War" literature: a historiographical exploration. Journal for Contemporary History, 42(2), 24-47.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-2422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2415-0509 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttps://dx.doi.org/10.18820/24150509/JCH42.v2.2
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/7556
dc.description.abstractHalf a century ago, in 1966, the so-called “Border War” broke out in what was then called South-West Africa (SWA) – known as Namibia after gaining independence in 1990. It was the most comprehensive, costly and traumatic of all the apartheid wars, and although it focused on SWA/Namibia, the conflict spilled over into Angola and Zambia, and should also be viewed in relation to the role played by the then South African Defence Force (SADF) in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and in Mozambique. While the War for Southern Africa (1966-1989) was being fought, a number of books on the conflict were published. In the 1990s, while South Africa experienced a decade of dramatic political changes and concomitant transformation, not many books on the war “up north” and “on the border” were published, but from about the dawn of the new millennium, there has been a steady stream of publications (mostly in South Africa) that deal with the abovementioned conflict. Why this renewed interest? Who are the authors? What do they write about? This article endeavours to provide answers to these and related questions by analysing half a century of “Border War” literature, primarily focusing on books published in South Africa. The way in which these publications can influence people and thus, also the extent to which the legacy of the apartheid era is continued, will also be addressed. For obvious reasons, the issue of memory and violence, the legacies of trauma, the legacies of conscription, and the challenges with regard to researching the apartheid wars, as well as related matters, will also be interrogated.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectBorder Waren_ZA
dc.subjectMilitary historyen_ZA
dc.subjectNamibiaen_ZA
dc.subjectAngolaen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth African literatureen_ZA
dc.subjectNational service/conscriptionen_ZA
dc.subjectWar memoirsen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth African Defence Forceen_ZA
dc.titleHalf a century of South African "Border War" literature: a historiographical explorationen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of Humanities, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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