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An African VolkThe Apartheid Regime and Its Search for Survival$
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Jamie Miller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274832

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274832.001.0001

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“We Must Stay Prepared”

“We Must Stay Prepared”

Reimagining the White Redoubt

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An African Volk

Jamie Miller

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 illuminates the national security policies and paradigms that evolved in the post–Carnation Revolution era, as well as the foreign relationships and internal dynamics that these informed. First, it charts the various concepts through which Afrikanerdom understood decolonization and African nationalism. Then, it shows how the regime perceived geopolitical threats in the pre–Carnation Revolution period in the context of these ideas and how its approach to national security began to change. “Finally, the chapter shows how “total onslaught” was introduced as a paradigm that fused traditional anti-Africanism with a newer anticommunism, providing the foundation for a military alliance with Portugal and Rhodesia, the famed “white redoubt,” that was ultimately repudiated by the Vorster government’s African outreach. This chapter shows how the new strategic thinking laid the groundwork for the more dramatic shifts of the post–Carnation Revolution era.

Keywords:   Decolonization, P. W. Botha, white redoubt, national security, ALCORA, military, anticommunism, Portugal, Rhodesia, total onslaught, total strategy, United States, Nixon Doctrine, nuclear, counterinsurgency

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