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Title:Ethnic identities in a transnational context: the Dutch American reaction to the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
Author:Douma, Michael JamesISNI
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 0258-2473)
Geographic terms:South Africa
United States
Subjects:Anglo-Boer wars
ethnic identity
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02582473.2013.784925
Abstract:This article contributes to the growing literature on the global impact of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). It shows that the war had an important role to play in shaping identities across national borders. Dutch ethnic identity was built on the nation-State model, but in the Dutch global diaspora, new forms of Dutch identities were built through real and imagined transnational connections. Dutch Americans viewed the Afrikaner struggle for independence against the British as parallel to their own struggles to maintain a Dutch Calvinist identity in the face of Americanization pressures. The war's international impact went beyond politics and economics, and included a significant cultural component, as it contributed to a transnational rejuvenation of ethnic consciousness. Dutch Americans drew on the pro-Boer movement in the Netherlands, and adapted it for their own purposes. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]