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Koers(e) van die Afrikaner in die geskiedenis

P. S. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 54, No 1/2 | a1403 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v54i1/2.1403 | © 1998 P. S. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1998 | Published: 12 December 1998

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P. S. Dreyer, Departement Filosofie, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

When speaking of the direction of a people, the term direction has the meaning of a relatively stable trend or course over a relatively long period of the history of the majority of that people. The problem dis-cussed in this paper is the question whether such a direction(s) can be discerned in the history of the Afrikaans people. Such a direction can only be the result of values obtaining in a stable order of preference, forming a set of norms expressed in the views and actions of the people over a relatively long period of time. In a compact overview, eight of the most important areas of the history of the Afrikaans people are considered. The conclusion is that a definite trend is discernible. The most important aspects of this trend are a sharp awareness of self-identity; a desire for freedom, implying a negative reaction to British political and cultural imperialism; a fierce love of the Afrikaans language; and an aversion to mixing with people of non-Western descent.

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