South Africa
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South Africa

The Union of South Africa came into being on May 31, 1910, with the coming into force of the South Africa Act, a common constitution for the British Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Natal, and Transvaal. Ruled by white settlers, the Union was granted the status of a self-governing dominion within Britain’s African Empire. South Africa was thus constitutionally bound to adhere to British foreign policy, including the event of a war. Although the question of the country’s joining the Fir…

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Nasson, Bill, “South Africa”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0557>
First published online: 2015



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