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Botswana 1939–1945An African Country at War$
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Ashley Jackson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207641.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

While most studies would consider the time of war as a stage of transition from colonialism to independence wherein the economic, political, military, and other such social effects would be analysed, this study takes a different approach, as it aims to consider warfare in its own historical setting. As such, the study will consider the point of view of the African colonies themselves, while also looking into African initiatives through utilizing oral sources. Generally, the study attempts to attain more relevant regional and imperial information regarding both the historiography of Africa – especially during the Second World War – and that of decolonization. Also, the book will examine certain issues such as how Africans were involved in the imperial army, various dimensions of colonial control during the mid-century, how information was passed to and from capitals to Whitehall, and other such ‘on the ground’ issues in Africa.

Keywords:   warfare, historical setting, African perspective, Africa, Second World War, imperial army, Whitehall, colonial control

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