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The Boer War: A History

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The Boer War of 1899-1902 was an epic of heroism and bungling, cunning and barbarism with an extraordinary cast of characters - including Churchill, Rhodes, Conan Doyle, Smuts, Kipling, Gandhi, Kruger and Kitchener. The war revealed the ineptitude of the British military and unexpectedly exposed the corrupt underside of imperialism - in the establishment of the first concentration camps, the shooting of Boer prisoners-of-war and the embezzlement of military supplies by British officers. This acclaimed book provides a complete history of the Boer War - from the first signs of unrest to the eventual peace. In the process, it debunks several of the myths which have grown up around the conflict and explores the deadly legacy it left for southern Africa.

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The Boer War of 1899-1902 was an epic of heroism and bungling, cunning and barbarism with an extraordinary cast of characters - including Churchill, Rhodes, Conan Doyle, Smuts, Kipling, Gandhi, Kruger and Kitchener. The war revealed the ineptitude of the British military and unexpectedly exposed the corrupt underside of imperialism - in the establishment of the first concentration camps, the shooting of Boer prisoners-of-war and the embezzlement of military supplies by British officers. This acclaimed book provides a complete history of the Boer War - from the first signs of unrest to the eventual peace. In the process, it debunks several of the myths which have grown up around the conflict and explores the deadly legacy it left for southern Africa.

About the Author

Denis Judd is Professor Emeritus of Imperial and Commonwealth History, London Metropolitan University, UK and Visiting Professor at New York University in London. His books include Empire; George VI (both published by I.B.Tauris) The Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj; Balfour and the British Empire; Radical Joe - A Life of Joseph Chamberlain; The Victorian Empire; Palmerston; The Crimean War and Jawaharlal Nehru. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Keith Surridge is an independent scholar. He is the author of Managing the South African War 1899-1902.

Table of Contents

Illustrations 

Acknowledgements 

Maps 

Preface 

Introduction: An Irrepressible Conflict? 

PART I: THE BACKGROUND TO THE WAR 

1. British Rule, Confrontation and Compromise 1815-1886 

2. The Descent to War 1886-1899 

PART II: THE COMBATANTS 

3. The British Army 

4. Rallying the Empire 

5. The Boers 

PART III: THE CAMPAIGNS 1899-1902 

6. The Opening Battles, October 1899 

7. The Disasters of Black Week, December 1899: The Battles of Stormberg, Magersfontein and Colenso, and their Less Disastrous Prelude 

8. Humiliation, January and February 1900: The Battles of Spion Kop and Vaal Krantz 

9. 'I thank God we have kept the flag flying': The Besieged Towns of Ladysmith, Kimberley and Mafeking 

10. The Turn of the Tide, February 1900: The Relief of Kimberley, the Battle of Paardeberg, the Relief of Ladysmith 

11. Marching to Pretoria (and Johannesburg): The British Advance through the Boer Republics, the Relief of Mafeking, the Start of the Guerrilla War

12. Methods of Barbarism? December 1900 to October 1901: The Guerrilla War, Farm Burning, the Concentration Camps 

13. Seeking Peace, March 1900-June 1901 

14. The Final Battles, May 1901-May 1902 

PART IV: THE AMBIVALENCES OF WAR

15. Big Business, Capitalism and War 

16. The Last of the Gentlemen's Wars? 

17. The Pro-Boers 

18. Foreigners and the War 

19. The Press and the War 

20. The Literature of the War 

PART V: THE PEACE 

21. The Talks Begin 

22. Taking Stock 

23. Peace at Last

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780765914
Author:
Judd, Denis
Publisher:
I. B. Tauris & Company
Author:
Surridge, Keith
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » South Africa
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
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The Boer War of 1899-1902 was an epic of heroism and bungling, cunning and barbarism with an extraordinary cast of characters - including Churchill, Rhodes, Conan Doyle, Smuts, Kipling, Gandhi, Kruger and Kitchener. The war revealed the ineptitude of the British military and unexpectedly exposed the corrupt underside of imperialism - in the establishment of the first concentration camps, the shooting of Boer prisoners-of-war and the embezzlement of military supplies by British officers. This acclaimed book provides a complete history of the Boer War - from the first signs of unrest to the eventual peace. In the process, it debunks several of the myths which have grown up around the conflict and explores the deadly legacy it left for southern Africa.
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