n Journal for Contemporary History - Op weg na die politieke draaipunt van 1948 : drie eeue van vrees as faktor in die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The desire to safeguard themselves, and the aims of preserving and protecting an own identity, are central themes in the history of the Afrikaner. There is no doubt that the concomitant fear in white ranks is firmly rooted in history. Fear of both racial and political domination has had a permanent impact on the psyche of the Afrikaner, even before he had become aware of himself as a separate nation. It was the fear of the growing threat of a numerically superior indigenous black population in particular that would become an independent variable, not only in Afrikaner politics, but also in the broader context of white politics. The source of fear for Afrikaners in particular changed as time passed - from a fear of Anglicisation by the British to a fear of equality and mixing with blacks. The "right-wing line", as well as the "fear line", has been motivated, stimulated, or at least influenced by historical events and tendencies which strengthened white fears in some way or other, and as a result fostered right-wing sentiments. This study makes clear that fear as a political instrument may be manipulated to achieve specific political objectives.

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