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An analysis of South Africa's relationship with the Commonwealth of Nations between 1945 and 1961

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dc.contributor.advisor Brits JP
dc.contributor.advisor Eidelberg, P. G. (Philip Gabriel), 1937- Makin, Michael Philip 2015-01-23T04:25:01Z 2015-01-23T04:25:01Z 1996-04
dc.identifier.citation Makin, Michael Philip (1996) An analysis of South Africa's relationship with the Commonwealth of Nations between 1945 and 1961, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This thesis provides a survey and an analysis of South Africa's relations with the British Commonwealth (Commonwealth of Nations) between the years 1945 and 1961. It outlines and explains the deterioration of this relationship in the context of the crisis in South Africa's foreign relations after World War II. Documentary evidence is produced to throw more light on the relationship with Britain and, to a lesser extent, other Commonwealth countries. This relationship is analysed in the context of political, economic and strategic imperatives which made it necessary for Britain to continue to seek South Africa's co-operation within the Commonwealth. This thesis also describes how the African and Asian influence began to be felt within the Commonwealth on racial issues. This influence was to become particularly important during the crucial period after the Sharpeville incident. The attitudes of Britain and other Commonwealth countries at the two crucial conferences of 1960 and 1961 are re-examined. The attitude of extra-parliamentary organisations in South Africa towards the Commonwealth connection is an important theme of this thesis in addition to the other themes mentioned above. It is demonstrated how Indian and African opinions became increasingly hostile towards what was seen as British and "white" Commonwealth "appeasement" of South Africa. These attitudes are surveyed in the context of an increasing radicalisation of black politics in South Africa. The movement by English and Afrikaans-speaking white South Africans toward a consensus on racial and foreign policy is also examined. Finally, the epilogue to this thesis discusses the return of South Africa to the Commonwealth in 1994. It includes a brief survey of developments in the Commonwealth attitude to South Africa since 1961. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xxiv, 567 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Commonwealth and South Africa en
dc.subject British Commonwealth en
dc.subject International relations en
dc.subject Foreign affairs en
dc.subject Africa and apartheid en
dc.subject High Commission Territories en
dc.subject United Nations and South Africa en
dc.subject African National Congress en
dc.subject India and South Africa en
dc.subject Pan Africanist Congress en
dc.subject South African Indian Congress en
dc.subject Economic and military policies en
dc.subject Britain and South Africa en
dc.subject Smuts en
dc.subject Malan en
dc.subject Strijdom en
dc.subject Verwoerd en
dc.subject.ddc 327.68
dc.subject.lcsh African National Congress. en
dc.subject.lcsh United Nations -- South Africa. en
dc.subject.lcsh Commonwealth countries -- Foreign relations en
dc.subject.lcsh Commonwealth of Nations -- Relations -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Great Britain -- Relations -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh South Africa -- Foreign relations -- 1948-1961 en
dc.subject.lcsh India -- Relations -- South Africa en
dc.title An analysis of South Africa's relationship with the Commonwealth of Nations between 1945 and 1961 en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department History D. Litt. et Phil. (History)

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