Clements Center Monthly Talks

Boers in the Borderlands

Andrew Offenburger, the David J. Weber Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  |  Simmons Hall, 3101 University Boulevard   |  12:30 to 1:30 pm

Why did a group of South African Boers form a colony in Chihuahua and New Mexico after 1903? Far from a mere quirk of history, the development of this colony reveals how, between 1880 and 1910, the U.S.-Mexican borderlands formed part of a global network of “imperial Western frontiers,” regions shaped by similar processes and influenced by the forces of capitalist development, race, labor, social Darwinism, indigeneity, and, particular to this era, a romancing of the frontier.

The David J. Weber Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, Andrew Offenburger (PhD Yale) is spending the academic year revising his manuscript for publication before he joins Miami University of Ohio next fall as assistant professor of history.

Image: Caption: Boer veterans reenacting their surrender during the South African War at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.