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The Afrikaner’s Road to Parity: Hertzog, 1924–33

  • T. R. H. Davenport
  • Christopher Saunders


1924, a turning-point in South African history in the popular imagination, is now seen not to have been so to anything like the extent previously envisaged. This is because an earlier view that the Hertzog government was a white workers’ government antagonistic to the interests of mining capital, has been substantially dented (see pp. 635–7). As a ‘South Africa First’ government it did not generate the kind of campaign which friends of the Empire feared, on account of Hertzog’s restraint on Imperial issues. As an Afrikaner nationalist government it was a pale reflection of what was to come later. As a government committed to segregation, it attempted considerably less in that direction than its predecessor. Yet it was a government elected at a moment of public anger, a coalition consisting of elements dissatisfied in various ways, and it is not difficult to pick up changes of emphasis in its public stance — always subject to the limitations of practical politics.


White Worker Native Policy External Affair Coloured People Trade Union Movement 
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© T. R. H. Davenport and Christopher Saunders 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. R. H. Davenport
    • 1
  • Christopher Saunders
    • 2
  1. 1.Rhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of Cape TownSouth Africa

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