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An African VolkThe Apartheid Regime and Its Search for Survival$
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Jamie Miller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274832

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274832.001.0001

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A New Roadmap

A New Roadmap

The Development of Total Strategy

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(p.263) 8 A New Roadmap
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An African Volk
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Jamie Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274832.003.0009

Chapter 8 explains two sets of changes driving the regime’s transition to new ideologies, national security strategies, and senses of its place in the world. First, the analysis zooms out to explain socioeconomic changes in white South African society and how these affected the way in which Vorster’s failure was understood. Then, looking behind closed doors at military headquarters, the analysis charts the hawks’ decision to more assertively promote their total strategy doctrines within the corridors of power. It was the combination of the two—an abandonment of multinationalism coupled with the adoption of a military-first total strategy—that formed the basis of the new order for the apartheid state.

Keywords:   Total onslaught, total strategy, rearmament, class diversification, socioeconomic change

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