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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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Conclusion: The Impact of Returning Servicemen

Conclusion: The Impact of Returning Servicemen

(p.237) 11 Conclusion: The Impact of Returning Servicemen
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

Despite the speculation that the repatriation would have significant effects on the community, this chapter attempts to provide an account of how the Botswana soldiers brought on only little effects in establishing the Protectorate's national politics. It also looks into the various problems that were encountered by these former soldiers and the general community, and how they had been accommodated at home after they had been away for several years during the war. It is important to note that those in the British colonial government formulated the development plans with the assumption that the returning men would have experienced certain changes in terms of political awareness and viewpoints, without considering the fact that such changes would indeed be retained and that some of these men would not merely return to the rural life that they had left.

Keywords:   colonial government, development plans, political awareness, national politics

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