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The great collection of letters and papers comprising the Smuts Papers has been assembled at the University of Cape Town by Dr Jean van der Poel, under Sir Keith Hancock's direction, since Smuts's death in 1950. The first four volumes of selections cover the period 1886–1919. The selections are divided into twelve parts, each with a short introductory section. Dr van der Poel has provided brief introductions to each letter, article or speech and has annotated every document. This volume covers the early years of the Union, the campaigns in the South West and East Africa in 1915 and 1916, and Smuts's membership of the British War Cabinet. It includes his famous speech on the British Empire as a Commonwealth of Nations and his first formulation of the idea of a League of Nations.
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- Date Published: April 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521033664
- length: 696 pages
- dimensions: 243 x 170 x 31 mm
- weight: 1.1kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part IX. The Union Under Strain. 9 June 1910–24 December 1914: Documents 478–616
Part X. The African Campaigns. 4 January 1915–4 February 1917:
1. German South West Africa Documents 617–670
2. German East Africa Documents 671–711
Part XI. The War in Europe. 15 February 1917–10 November 1918:
1. The Imperial War Conference and the Imperial War Cabinet, 15 Februart 1917–31 May 1917, Documents 712–764
2. The British War Cabinet, 5 June 1917–10 November 1918, Documents 765–852.
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