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Author: John Boje

Title: Sexual Relations between British Soldiers and Boer Women

Subtitle: A Methodological Approach

Journal: South African Historical Journal

Volume: 68

Issue: 2

Year: June 2016 (Published online: May 10, 2016)

Pages: 195-212

ISSN: 0258-2473 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1726-1686 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | African History: South African History; European History: English History | Types: Interracial Rape; Types: Wartime Rape / Second Boer War


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Abstract: »The recent publication of an Afrikaans novel about a young woman who was viciously raped and left for dead by two British officers has excited much attention and pertinently raises the issue of sexual relations between British soldiers and Boer women. A number of sources documenting the sexual behaviour of British soldiers towards Boer women are assessed in terms of the traditional historical methodology of empirical evidence and logical inference. On this basis, the facticity of most of these sources is accepted, while two are discounted by virtue of provenance and internal evidence. Next, two further sources that are not amenable to this methodology are interpreted using the postmodern deconstructive rejection of history as an epistemology and Alun Munslow's speculative expressionist history. However, these anti-empirical strategies are ideologically determined and therefore ethically questionable and the resultant relativity vitiates the historian's craft. On this basis, the historical status of these sources is rejected.« (Source: South African Historical Journal)

Wikipedia: History of Africa: History of South Africa / History of South Africa (1815–1910); History of Europe: History of England / Victorian era | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Second Boer War