Smuts, Jan Christiaan
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Smuts, Jan Christiaan

(May 24, 1870, Bovenplaats [Cape Province] – September 11, 1950, Irene [near Pretoria]), South African general and politician. Born the son of a Boer farmer, Smuts became one of the most important politicians of South Africa. Between 1899 and 1902 he served as a Boer general in the Boer War against Great Britain. In 1907 he entered the cabinet of Louis Botha in the Transvaal and also worked under him in the government of the South African Union, founded in 1910. On the outbrea…

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Zimmerer, Jürgen, “Smuts, Jan Christiaan”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 27 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0544>
First published online: 2015



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