The Last Hurrah

South Africa and the Royal Tour of 1947
Jonathan Ball (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 17. Oktober 2018
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  • 400 Seiten
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978-1-86842-925-7 (ISBN)

In The Last Hurrah, Graham Viney has written a fascinating account of a pivotal moment in South African history. In vivid prose he describes the background to the Royal Tour and its progress across the country in the specially commissioned white train. More than this, Viney provides interesting analysis of the politics of the time and the society, fractious as ever, which welcomed King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and their two daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

The tour was a show of Empire solidarity and a recognition of South Africa's role and contribution to the Allied cause during World War II, and more specifically of Prime Minister Jan Smuts. Despite controversy, wherever the tour took the Royal Family, South Africans of all races turned out in their thousands to cheer and welcome them. But one year later, in 1948, Smuts' government was defeated in a general election and the Nationalists under D.F. Malan came to power setting South Africa inexorably on the path to Republic. The tour had truly been British South Africa's last hurrah.

The Last Hurrah draws on sources from far and wide, including the Royal Archive at Windsor, and a selection of never-before published photographs of the royal family on tour.

  • Englisch
  • La Vergne
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  • USA
Jonathan Ball Publishers
  • 6,48 MB
978-1-86842-925-7 (9781868429257)
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GRAHAM VINEY was educated at the Diocesan College (Bishops), Cape Town, and Oxford University where he read International Relations. He runs an international design company, and, in addition to numerous papers and articles has written two books, Colonial Houses of South Africa and The Cape of Good Hope, 1806 - 1872.

  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Contents
  • Dedication
  • Dramatis Personae
  • Introduction
  • CHAPTER 1 - Arrival
  • CHAPTER 2 - The State Opening of Parliament and the Question of the Imperial Connection
  • CHAPTER 3 - The Whistlestop Tour: A Mid-century Royal Progress Across the Veld
  • CHAPTER 4 - Bloemfontein and the Braai at Bultfontein: Afrikaans vs English-Speaking in the Free State
  • CHAPTER 5 - Race, Empire, Politics and Agendas: Eshowe, Durban and Currie's Fountain
  • CHAPTER 6 - A State Banquet in Pretoria: The Transvaal Capital Receives the Royal Family
  • CHAPTER 7 - Johannesburg: 'Becher's Brook, Second Time Round'
  • CHAPTER 8 - Tea with Ouma
  • CHAPTER 9 - Tea at Vergelegen
  • CHAPTER 10 - The Coming of Age of the Heiress Presumptive: Gently Towards a New Multiracial Commonwealth
  • CHAPTER 11 - Gone with the Southeaster
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Sources
  • Photo section
  • Praise for the book
  • About the Book
  • About the author
  • Imprint page

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