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Not just a ‘teatime war’
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book deals with the relationship of Cape Afrikaners, black South Africans and Indians in South Africa and India to the British Empire in the years before and after the South African War. It examines the expensive operation mounted by The Times in order to cover the war, at a time when it was struggling with falling circulation. The book describes the developing allegiance of the African elite to the Empire and an ideal of imperial citizenship before and after the South African War. It argues that Cape Afrikaner identity could combine local patriotism, a sense of solidarity with their republican cousins to the north, attachment to the economic benefits of imperial membership and a sincere sense of loyalty to the Crown.

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