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Cadernos de Estudos Africanos

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CORREA, Sílvio Marcus de Souza. The horse racing in South West Africa’s German colony (1884-1914). Cadernos de Estudos Africanos [online]. 2013, n.26, pp.127-152. ISSN 1645-3794.

During the German colonial rule in South West Africa (now Namibia), several associations were important for the building of a culture of sport. Among these were the Horse Racing Societies (Rennvereine), especially those of Swakopmund, Windhoek, Keetmanshoop and Lüderitzbucht. Horse racing was a main part of the sporting culture of the German Second Reich. In Namibia these sports societies served as training ground for the development of a ”masculine” population (military and civilian) in a colonial context, or in other words, a belligerent context. Based on newspaper archives, this article examines the protagonist role of the Horse Racing Societies in the building of a culture of sport, for the maintenance and spread of “Germanness” and for the structuring of a calendar in which the sporting events were also moments to celebrate colonialism.

Keywords : horse racings; colonialism; Southwest Africa.

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