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Memories of Empire, Volume IThe White Man's World$
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Bill Schwarz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296910.001.0001

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Frontier philosopher

Frontier philosopher

Jan Christian Smuts

5 Frontier philosopher
Memories of Empire, Volume I

Bill Schwarz

Oxford University Press

The first part of this chapter discusses the imperial and intellectual career of Jan Christian Smuts, the long-serving prime minister of South Africa, looking particularly at his connections to, and adoration of, England. It argues that Smuts was both an ethical radical, close to the spirit of the early social democrats and New Liberals of the early C20, and a fierce proponent of white supremacy. The second part of the chapter takes the story to the 1950s and 1960s and reconstructs the response in England to his death.

Keywords:   South Africa, Jan Christian Smuts, white supremacy, New Liberalism, feminism, memory, Smuts statue in London

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