The construction of a 'Bitter Hedge': narrative, nationalism, and the construction of Afrikaner identity in the Voortrekker Monument

O'Brien, Sheilagh Ilona (2013) The construction of a 'Bitter Hedge': narrative, nationalism, and the construction of Afrikaner identity in the Voortrekker Monument. Crossroads, 6 2: 29-38.

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Author O'Brien, Sheilagh Ilona
Title The construction of a 'Bitter Hedge': narrative, nationalism, and the construction of Afrikaner identity in the Voortrekker Monument
Formatted title
The construction of a ‘Bitter Hedge’: narrative, nationalism, and the construction of Afrikaner identity in the Voortrekker Monument
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1839-8774
1833-878X
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 29
End page 38
Total pages 10
Editor Julie Washington
Ana Stevenson
Alana Piper
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
During the early settlement of South Africa, the governor, Jan Van Riebeeck, grew a hedge of Bitter Almond to divide the fledgling colony from the local population. The journey of the Voortrekkers who escaped British rule into the interior would become an important focal point of Afrikaner nationalism, and the single most important event in Afrikaner history and mythology. The construction of the Voortrekker Monument, and the narrative it presents, are important for understanding how the Afrikaners constructed and used their past. Afrikaners clung to their imagined past in a present where everything seemed doubtful, and in so doing they attempted once again to cut themselves off from the world around them. Through Afrikaner nationalism Jan Van Riebeeck’s ‘Bitter Almond hedge’ returned to South Africa in the twentieth-century.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: "2011 Perspectives on Power Conference".

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