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STRAUSS, PJ. The die-hard peace of the 31st May 1902: a historical ethical perspective. Koers (Online) [online]. 2021, vol.86, n.1, pp.1-16. ISSN 2304-8557.  http://dx.doi.org/10.19108/KOERS.86.1.2490.

The remainder of Boers fighting the last part of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), are known as the die-hards. However, the characteristics of a die-hard or bitter end were not defined or uninamously recognized by the Boers. In the circumstances of April-May 1902 peace talks began and led to the signing of a peace treaty on 31 May 1902. In the development of the discussions among themselves a realisation was reached by the vast majority of the 60 Boer delegates that this was inevitably the end of the bitter end: the die-hard end. This realisation is discussed within a Christian historical and ethical perspective.

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