Blood in the Sand - More Forgotten Wars of the 19th Century

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The third in Ian Hernon's "Forgotten Wars" trilogy focuses on colonial conflicts in farflung places that have somehow been lost from the nation's collective memory. Some were mere skirmishes, others major campaigns, but all are astonishing stories of courage, occasional cowardice, dogged determination and endurance, incompetence and confusion. They were fought in some of the most inhospitable places on earth - from the high Himalayas to the dense jungles of the West Africa - against both 'savage' and 'civilized' foes. Hernon makes few moral judgements on the bloody aspects of Empire building apart from recording, often in their own words, the breathtaking heroism of participants on all sides. He treats each war with a reporter's eye, chronicling what happened, why and to whom. These are thrilling stories, often with a resonance to today's fractured conflicts: one Queen Mother of the Sikhs conspired with the British to destroy her own army, and saw her wish come true as a river ran red; in Sierra Leone, opposition to a poll tax sparked bloody insurrection; an Irish Republican army, veterans of the US civil war, tried - and dismally failed - to invade British Canada; and a headlong attack by British infantry proved to be a bigger blunder than the Charge of the Light Brigade.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780750926140
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Hernon is the author of Massacre and Retribution, and The Savage Empire. For the past twenty-one years has been a lobby correspondent at the House of Commons and covers Westminster for several Scottish newspapers and other Sunday publications.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Gurkha War, 1814-16 7
2 The Defeat of the Borneo Pirates, 1840-9 29
3 The Storming of Madagascar, 1845 56
4 The First Sikh War, 1845-6 66
5 The Second Sikh War, 1848-9 96
6 Eureka Stockade, Australia, 1854 128
7 The Defence of Kars, Turkey, 1855 147
8 The Fenian Invasion of Canada, 1866 175
9 The Battle of Orange Walk, Belize, 1872 193
10 The Hut Tax War, Sierra Leone, 1898 202
Bibliography and Sources 225
Index 229
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