Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Worden, Nigel en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Baartman, Teunis en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-26T14:20:43Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-26T14:20:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Baartman, T. 2011. Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10146
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The Cape of Good Hope was rocked by a period of political turmoil at the end of the 1770s and beginning of 1780s. Coenraad Beyers published an extensive study about this period and labelled the protesters: Cape Patriots ("Die Kaapse Patriotte"). In his view they were pre-Afrikaner burghers who, driven by ideological arguments, opposed a colonial VOC tyranny. This thesis aims to revise this analysis, while seeking to demonstrate that late eighteenth century Cape society was marked by a complex and intertwined network of status groups. The burgher protests are used as a case study to illustrate that the Cape settlement was part and parcel of the Dutch empire. The protesters emphasised that their burgerschap was on par with that in cities in the Dutch Republic. The first part of the thesis compares Cape and Dutch burgerschap and argues that the Cape burghers were justified in stating that they were burghers of a city belonging to the United Netherlands. It furthermore becomes clear that the Cape burghers had developed a robust burgher identity. This certainly contributed to the outbreak of the conflict, but was not the determining factor. Because the Cape settlement was essentially a Dutch city, many elements many elements of political and social life derived from the Dutch Republic. One of these was that at the Cape a ruling elite consisting of higher VOC officials and prominent burghers had developed with close familial and entrepreneurial links between them. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.title Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Baartman, T. (2011). <i>Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10146 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Baartman, Teunis. <i>"Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10146 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Baartman T. Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2011 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10146 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Baartman, Teunis AB - The Cape of Good Hope was rocked by a period of political turmoil at the end of the 1770s and beginning of 1780s. Coenraad Beyers published an extensive study about this period and labelled the protesters: Cape Patriots ("Die Kaapse Patriotte"). In his view they were pre-Afrikaner burghers who, driven by ideological arguments, opposed a colonial VOC tyranny. This thesis aims to revise this analysis, while seeking to demonstrate that late eighteenth century Cape society was marked by a complex and intertwined network of status groups. The burgher protests are used as a case study to illustrate that the Cape settlement was part and parcel of the Dutch empire. The protesters emphasised that their burgerschap was on par with that in cities in the Dutch Republic. The first part of the thesis compares Cape and Dutch burgerschap and argues that the Cape burghers were justified in stating that they were burghers of a city belonging to the United Netherlands. It furthermore becomes clear that the Cape burghers had developed a robust burgher identity. This certainly contributed to the outbreak of the conflict, but was not the determining factor. Because the Cape settlement was essentially a Dutch city, many elements many elements of political and social life derived from the Dutch Republic. One of these was that at the Cape a ruling elite consisting of higher VOC officials and prominent burghers had developed with close familial and entrepreneurial links between them. DA - 2011 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2011 T1 - Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s TI - Fighting for the spoils : Cape burgerschap and faction disputes in Cape Town in the 1770s UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10146 ER - en_ZA


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