When Germany attacked Poland

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When Germany attacked Poland, and France and Britain then declared war, the question of whether  or not South Africa would enter the war on Britain's side was doubtful, but the Smuts government  won and Parliament passed a declaration of war by a slim majority. The postwar years brought a great deal of upheaval to South Africa. The United party and more  liberal parties were anxious to further industrialize the country, to bring in immigrants, to promote a  policy of gradual or partial equalization of the various races — in other words, to bring South Africa  more and more into line with twentieth-century ways and beliefs. The Nationalist party wanted to  control immigration and keep the various non-European peoples "in their place." The Nationalists  managed to win a very narrow majority in Parliament in the 1948 elections. They began a program of apartheid ("apartness," or complete segregation) for the three main non-
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ENG 3550 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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