South Africa pp 377-398 | Cite as

Trek into the Wilderness, 1948–60

  • T. R. H. Davenport
  • Christopher Saunders


Dr Malan’s coalition Government was the first fully bilingual government in the history of the Union, and the first to consist of Afrikaners only. Its members had resolutely opposed taking part in the war against Nazi Germany. It was not easy under these circumstances for ex-soldiers and English-speakers to see that some members of the ruling party had been less attracted to Nazism than others; nor was it easy for the Nationalists, who had been bred on resentment at the treatment of their own people by Imperial Britain, to understand the revulsion with which their wartime attitude was regarded by Europeans (Continental as well as British) who had suffered as a result of the war.


Civil Disobedience Group Area Work Peasant Coloured People Native Affair 
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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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