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Settlers and ExpatriatesBritons over the Seas$
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Robert Bickers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297672.001.0001

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Rhodesia 1890–1980

Rhodesia 1890–1980

‘The Lost Dominion’

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(p.112) 5 Rhodesia 1890–1980
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Settlers and Expatriates
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Donal Lowry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297672.003.0005

The Natalians established a tightly knit society in Natal, similar to British settlements elsewhere in the empire. Predominantly English and middle‐class and imbued with concepts of white racial and cultural supremacy, their sense of identity was informed by Britishness. Although outnumbered by Zulus, the Natalians dominated the colony, receiving responsible government in 1893. From 1910, Natal was a province of the Union of South Africa and until 1961 the Natalians fought unsuccessfully to protect themselves and their British heritage from Afrikaner domination. Increasingly defined by what they were against rather than what they were, they developed into an idiosyncratic, separatist and impotent community with their identity defined by their province. With the advent of democracy in 1994, the Natalians lost political control of the province, undermining their sense of identity. Yet, unlike other British communities in this volume, few Natalians have gone into exile, reflecting deep roots sunk in Natal's soil.

Keywords:   Natalians, English‐speaking South Africans, Britishness, South Africa, White supremacy, Afrikaners, Zulu, violence

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