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Canada's Little War: Fighting for the British Empire in Southern Africa 1899-1902

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The first illustrated history of Canada's involvement in the Boer War. Control of rich resources; gold and diamonds; and strategic advantage were at stake when Great Britain waged war against two republics in southern Africa that declared independence. Canada was divided. Boer War expert Carman Miller book explores Canada's involvement in the conflict. A Books for Everybody 2003 selection!

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The Boer War in South Africa was Canada's first trial by fire.

The pre-eminent superpower of the day, Great Britain, had decided to wage one of its 'little wars' against two white Protestant, Dutch-speaking republics in southern Africa, who had declared their independence from all European empires. At stake was control of rich resources--gold and diamonds--and strategic advantage.

Canada was divided. Many Canadians wanted to see their country prove its loyalty to the Empire by sending troops to fight alongside the British. Others felt Canada had no quarrel with the Boers, and no justification for taking up arms against them and their much-demonized leader.

In the end, the Canadian government sent 7,000 Canadian troops to South Africa, to augment a British force 200,000 strong. Some contributed to conventional military victories; others became part of a horrifying 'dirty war, ' where the British used scorched-earth tactics and created concentration camps that imprisoned women and children. Canadian experiences both home and abroad foreshadowed their experiences in the great conflagration to come, the First World War.

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ISBN:
9781550288001
Author:
Miller, Carman
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
South African War, 1899-190
Subject:
Africa - South - South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
02-09
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
9.34x8.58x.52 in. 1.32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Boer War in South Africa was Canada's first trial by fire.

The pre-eminent superpower of the day, Great Britain, had decided to wage one of its 'little wars' against two white Protestant, Dutch-speaking republics in southern Africa, who had declared their independence from all European empires. At stake was control of rich resources--gold and diamonds--and strategic advantage.

Canada was divided. Many Canadians wanted to see their country prove its loyalty to the Empire by sending troops to fight alongside the British. Others felt Canada had no quarrel with the Boers, and no justification for taking up arms against them and their much-demonized leader.

In the end, the Canadian government sent 7,000 Canadian troops to South Africa, to augment a British force 200,000 strong. Some contributed to conventional military victories; others became part of a horrifying 'dirty war, ' where the British used scorched-earth tactics and created concentration camps that imprisoned women and children. Canadian experiences both home and abroad foreshadowed their experiences in the great conflagration to come, the First World War.

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