Term of Award

Winter 2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Department of History

Committee Chair

Cathy Skidmore-Hess

Committee Member 1

Alan Downs

Committee Member 2

Brian Feltman


The border wars in southern Africa had a major impact on the lives of people in the region, especially those who joined the armed forces involved in the conflicts. The members of the Bushmen Battalions in the South African Defense Force found themselves impacted more than most. Their identities as Bushmen were already complicated, because they have been portrayed in various guises for centuries to entertain European audiences. Their identities were further manipulated by the SADF to justify their involvement with the people. The result was an ever contradictory collection of propaganda that attempted to reconcile ideas of cultural retention and development. South Africa developed these ideas in the context of the total institution that was designed to control every aspect of the lives of the soldiers and their dependents.