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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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The Home Front: Political Developments and the Vision of the Post-War Future

The Home Front: Political Developments and the Vision of the Post-War Future

(p.189) 9 The Home Front: Political Developments and the Vision of the Post-War Future
Botswana 1939–1945

Ashley Jackson

Oxford University Press

Because African communities, in spite of how their Chiefs had been educated, were still subject to Western bureaucratic control, traditional views of the war's political impact may not be entirely applicable to the particular case of Bechuanaland. Political activity was not absent within the community, since certain development plans were being constructed for countering Nazi propaganda and asserting positive implications in both the United States and Britain in terms of the Colonial Empire that would further lead to South Africa's economic independence. By the time the war ended, Chiefs asserted that they should be granted more political participation, and issues regarding ‘underdevelopment’ began to arise. This chapter discusses the changes and developments in African–British relations, and the several different resulting political developments.

Keywords:   Chiefs, political participation, African–British relations, political developments, Colonial Empire, economic independence, war

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