Literatur und Sprache in Krisen- und Umbruchzeiten
Edited By Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich, Carlotta von Maltzan and Kathleen Thorpe
Vom Nutzen der Geschichte in Zeiten des Umbruchs Hermann Giliomee und "Die Afrikaner"
Gunther Pakendorf (Universität Stellenbosch, Südafrika)
Vom Nutzen der Geschichte in Zeiten des Umbruchs
Hermann Giliomee und "Die Afrikaner"
Afrikaner nationalism emerged, in its organised form, in the years after the South African War (Anglo-Boer War), at a time of crisis in the Afrikaner community. For virtually the entire 20th century Afrikaner claims to an own national identity and cultural and political legitimacy were validated by nationalist historians. The end of apartheid plunged the former white rulers and the assertion of their historical role into a state of uncertainty and the fear of being "written out" of the country's main historical narrative. This paper focuses, firstly, on the role of Afrikaner nationalist historiography in creating and supporting Afrikaner aspirations to control of the country and secondly, on the response by historians to the challenges posed by the post-apartheid period of transition. The views of the prominent historian Hermann Giliomee on Afrikaner identity and history are singled out for closer analysis.
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