War and Regime in Africa: A southern pattern?

 

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dc.contributor.author Seegers, Annette
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-19T12:55:02Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-19T12:55:02Z
dc.date.issued 2001-05-16
dc.identifier.citation Seegers, A. (2001). War and Regime in Africa: A southern pattern? Inaugural Lecture in the Faculty of Humanities. 16 May. Cape Town: University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25238
dc.description.abstract Nearly 100 years ago the good men and women of the town of Murraysburg met, early in the morning, to discuss the previous day’s events: a Free State commando had raided them again. Murraysburg should have been out of harm’s way – in today’s terms; the town lies over 200km south of the Orange River. But to the Boers Murraysburg was an irresistible target and as a result, life for the people of Murraysburg had often and in a flash, become “nasty, brutish and short”. What to do? What to do? The Boers were not deterred by the town-guard. The British Army was not going to ride to their rescue; the Army had their own problems with the Boers. Murraysburg had to face its problem alone. And then a bold idea swam into view: Why not invite the Boers to visit Murraysburg and convince them that the townsfolk were nice people, too nice to be attacked. There would be games. A swim in the afternoon. A ball would be held in the evening, with fine dining, inoffensive music, dancing, and some comely young ladies in attendance. The British authorities were not going to be told of any of this, lest they swoop on the festivities and arrest everybody. The Boers, particularly if they knew of this deception, would trust Murraysburgers all the more and direct their attentions elsewhere.
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.title War and Regime in Africa: A southern pattern? en_ZA
dc.type Open Education Resources en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Inaugural lecture en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Political Studies en_ZA
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