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War in a ‘white man’s country’: Australian perceptions of blackness on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Effie Karageorgos
Australians volunteered to fight in the South African War at a time when transnational constructions of whiteness determined policy within the British Empire and its colonies towards nonwhites. However, the commencement of war in 1899 necessitated a shift in the definition of ‘other’ to justify combat against the white Boer enemy. This article analyses late nineteenth-century settler colonialism in Australia alongside the letters and diaries of Australian South African War soldiers to demonstrate the effect of both affinities with the Boers as inhabitants of a ‘white man’s country’ and conventional perceptions of blackness on their reactions to the South African ‘other’.

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Journal

History Australia

Volume

15

Issue

2

Pagination

323 - 338

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1449-0854

eISSN

1833-4881

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Australian Historical Association

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