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By Edward B. Fiske

Undertakes an intensive exam of the reforms in South Africa's post-apartheid academic procedure.

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16. Quoted in Sparks (1990, pp. 208–09). qxd 6/8/2004 2:32 PM Page 24 24 ■ THE RACIAL CONTEXT OF SOUTH AFRICA The political arm of Afrikaners was the National Party, founded in 1914 by General J. B. M. Hertzog, a former member of the South African Party, which had taken power after union. Though the National Party included anglophone politicians, it was dominated by Afrikaners and cast itself as a predominantly lower-middle-class movement championing Afrikaner cultural rights and economic advancement.

Those tensions mounted during the many years of segregation that preceded apartheid, providing fertile ground for the political struggle that ultimately succeeded in bringing an end to the apartheid era in 1994. Leading the struggle was the African National Congress (ANC), but it represented only one of numerous organizations and movements pursuing this objective—often as adversaries rather than allies. Hence the political settlement that paved the way for the birth of a democratic South Africa cannot be considered a total victory of one group over another.

110). 13. The isolation of the Voortrekkers may be overstated. As some historians point out, even trekkers in the interior continued trading relationships with the outside world, as well as commercial, military, and even sexual relations with Africans. 14 Although Afrikaners became part of the governing process following the South African War, they continued to experience hard times in the early decades of the twentieth century. Many Afrikaner men returned from the war to find their farms scorched and no longer viable.

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