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The African Colony Studies in the Reconstruction   By: (1875-1940)

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Greek text has been transliterated and is indicated ~like this~. Footnotes are marked with a number in brackets (e.g., [1]) and appear at the end of their respective chapter or section. Punctuation has been standardized throughout the text and the oe ligatures removed. For details on typographical corrections, please refer to the note at the end of the text.

THE AFRICAN COLONY

STUDIES IN THE RECONSTRUCTION

BY

JOHN BUCHAN

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS EDINBURGH AND LONDON MCMIII

TO THE

HONOURABLE

HUGH ARCHIBALD WYNDHAM,

IN MEMORY OF

OUR AFRICAN HOUSEKEEPING.

"The greatest honour that ever belonged to the greatest Monarkes was the inlarging their Dominions, and erecting Commonweales." Captain JOHN SMITH.

CONTENTS

PAGE INTRODUCTORY ix

PART I.

THE EARLIER MASTERS. CHAP. I. PRIMITIVE SOUTH AFRICA 3

II. THE GENTLEMEN ADVENTURERS 18

III. THE GREAT TREK 33

IV. THE BOER IN SPORT 49

V. THE BOER IN ALL SERIOUSNESS 58

PART II.

NOTES OF TRAVEL.

VI. EVENING ON THE HIGH VELD 79

VII. IN THE TRACKS OF WAR 93

VIII. THE WOOD BUSH 113

IX. ON THE EASTERN VELD 129

X. THE GREAT NORTH ROAD 146

XI. THE FUTURE OF SOUTH AFRICAN SPORT 168

PART III.

THE POLITICAL PROBLEM.

XII. THE ECONOMIC FACTOR 189

XIII. THE SETTLEMENT OF THE LAND 255

XIV. THE SUBJECT RACES 284

XV. JOHANNESBURG 311

XVI. CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS 325

XVII. THE POLICY OF FEDERATION 348

XVIII. THE ARMY AND SOUTH AFRICA 368

XIX. THE FUTURE OUTLOOK 386

INDEX 400

INTRODUCTORY.

On the last day of May 1902 the signature at Pretoria of the conditions of peace brought to an end a war which had lasted for nearly three years, and had among other things destroyed a government, dissolved a society, and laid waste a country. In those last months of fighting some progress had been made with the reconstruction at least with that not unimportant branch of it which is concerned with the machinery of government. A working administration had been put together, new ordinances in the form of proclamations had been issued, departments had been created and the chief appointments made, the gold industry was beginning to set its house in order, refugees were returning, and already political theories were being mooted and future parties foreshadowed. But it is from the conclusion of peace that the work of resettlement may fairly be taken to commence. Before that date the restrictions of war limited all civil activity; not till the shackles were removed and the civil power left in sole possession does a fair field appear either for approval or criticism.

It is not my purpose to write the history of the reconstruction. The work is still in process, and a decade later it may be formally completed. Fifty years hence it may be possible to look back and discriminate on its success or failure. The history when it is written will be an interesting book. It will among other matters deal with the work of repatriation, one of the most curious and quixotic burdens ever borne by a nation, and one, I believe, to which no real parallel can be found... Continue reading book >>




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