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Explain why did the Afrikaners set up and established an apartheid state, [in the period, 1948-56] South Africa is home to many different races, such as, the Portuguese, Dutch, Whites

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Explain why did the Afrikaners set up and established an apartheid state, [in the period, 1948-56] South Africa is home to many different races, such as, the Portuguese, Dutch, Whites, Blacks Cape Coloured and Indians. However, in the past these races did not help each other to build a better county. In fact, most of the races despised each other, caused conflict or wanted what belonged to another ethnic group. There were wars and battles between several of these races leading to more nationalistic and racist beliefs. I will be exploring the reasons behind why the Afrikaners set up and established an apartheid State. I will look in depth at what motivated the Afrikaners do this and how they became so nationalistic. Afrikaners were Dutch farmers who came to South Africa in1652. They spoke their own language called Afrikaans and wished to follow their own ways of life, socially and politically. Apartheid is the separation of races usually by colour. Afrikaners were for apartheid; they did not want to mix in society with other African tribes. ...read more.


The Afrikaners refused to move off of this land even though the British wanted to gain control. Subsequently, this led to the Boer war in 1899. During the war Afrikaner women and children were kept in concentration camps, Afrikaners were certainly not happy about this. Children were left to die, they were also forbidden to speak their own language. If you were caught speaking Afrikaans you were punished and would have to wear a placard stating 'I must not speak Dutch'. Afrikaners were humiliated but they could not do anything at this time to change their situation. Their pride had been stolen from them by the British who had taken their livelihood. A great hatred and bitterness was felt towards the British. The British economic and imperial motives simple strengthened the national identity of the Afrikaners. After the Boer war the British received bad propaganda and felt guilty for what they did. They created a New Union for South Africa. This was an improvement for the Afrikaners. However, it was not so good for blacks. ...read more.


Overall, looking at all the evidence we have discovered that there were many reasons for why Afrikaners set up an apartheid state. Firstly, the different races treated each other with no respect and tried to control one another. This is a long term reason as this aspect had been built in the minds of Afrikaners over hundreds of years. The British took over their land as gold and diamond mines existed there. Afrikaner women and children had been treated very poorly in the concentration camps and it hurt their loved ones who were fighting for freedom. In addition, Afrikaners were not aloud to speak their own native language Afrikaans. This also humiliated the Boers. The British would not let Afrikaners have the independence they were entitled to and deserved. Hence, as more things were taken away from the Afrikaners they built up a more nationalistic view and wanted to be kept as far away as possible from these over powering controlling people called the British. They wanted to be separated from other races so no other nation could control them and yearned for the freedom they once had. ?? ?? ?? ?? Holly Hollingsworth ...read more.

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