The Boer War

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2003 - History - 352 pages
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The Boer War was an epic both of heroism and of barbarism. Fought by the British against the Dutch inhabitants of South Aftrica, the Boer War had an extraordinary cast of characters including Commanders-in chief buller, Roberts and Kitchener, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Emily Hobhouse, Rudyard Kipling, and Gandhi. The war revealed the ineptitude of the British military, and exposed the corrupt underside of British imperialism . For the first time, Judd and Surridge debunk several myths. There was not, for instance, a straightforward divide between the Boers and British. In fact, the overriding aim of both sides was to maintain European supremacy and to keep Africans and Indians "in their place." Giving us a sense of how the Apartheid era was born, The Boer War is a gripping read. The Boer War was an epic both of heroism and of barbarism. Fought by the British against the Dutch inhabitants of South Aftrica, the Boer War had an extraordinary cast of characters including Commanders-in chief buller, Roberts and Kitchener, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Emily Hobhouse, Rudyard Kipling, and Gandhi. The war revealed the ineptitude of the British military, and exposed the corrupt underside of British imperialism . For the first time, Judd and Surridge debunk several myths. There was not, for instance, a straightforward divide between the Boers and British. In fact, the overriding aim of both sides was to maintain European supremacy and to keep Africans and Indians "in their place." Giving us a sense of how the Apartheid era was born, The Boer War is a gripping read.

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This is a selection of discrete battle pieces, not a connected history of the war. The essays are concise and present the chosen actions and their lessons clearly. Its value for money, especially if second-hand. Read full review

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This book is not a history of the Boer War so much as a detailed account of English triumphs and tragedies during the Boer War, with a much thinner treatment of the Boers. History is written by the ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Denis Judd is Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at the University of North London and most recently the author of Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present. (He wrote two BBC radio programs on the Boer War to mark the centenary of its outbreak.) He lives in London.

Dr. Keith Surridge teaches at Queen Mary College, London, and Notre Dame University, and is the author of Managing the South African War 1899-1902 . He lives in London.

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