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This is the story of what Rudyard Kipling called 'the savage wars of peace'. Throughout Queen Victoria's long reign there was not a single year in which, somewhere in the world, British soldiers were not fighting for her and her Empire. It tells the fascinating story of the little known and extraordinary small wars, and of the men who fought them.

These wars were the price of Empire, of world leadership and of national pride, and it was usually paid without qualms or regret; continuous warfare became an accepted way of life in the Victorian era, and in the process, the British Empire quadrupled in size. But, engrossing as these small wars are - and they bristle with bizarre, tragic and humorous incident - it is the officers and men who fought them that dominate the book. With their courage, foolhardiness and eccentricities, they are an unforgettable lot.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Hibbert - Book World
“Byron Farwell has had a field day with his rich and varied material. . . . His book can be warmly recommended.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393302356
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1985
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 1,209,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

During the Second World War, Byron Farwell (1921–1999) served as a captain of engineers attached to the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in the British Eighth Army area.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Medals xi

Maps xii

Acknowledgments xv

Foreword xvii

1 Opening Shots of the Reign, 1837-42 1

2 War in China, 1840-54 12

3 Sind and Sikhs: a Napier and a Gough, 1843-45 23

4 The First Sikh War, 1845-46 37

5 The Second Sikh War, 1848-49 51

6 Other Wars in Other Places, 1848-54 61

7 Crimea: The Light Brigade and All That, 1854-55 68

8 Mutiny in India, 1857 84

9 The Dangerous Days, 1857 95

10 The Siege and Relief of Lucknow, 1857 112

11 Final Relief of Lucknow and End of the Mutiny, 1857-58 122

12 China and Elsewhere, 1858-61 134

13 The North-West Frontier, 1855-63 144

14 The Umbeyla Campaign, 1863 153

15 Africa, 1863-68 163

16 Wolseley: Red River and Army Reform, 1870-73 179

17 Wolseley in Ashantiland, 1873-74 190

18 Roberts's War, 1878-79 200

19 From Kabul to Kandahar, 1879-80 211

20 Zulus, 1878-79 218

21 Incidents in the Zulu War, 1879 229

22 Poor Sir George Colley, 1881 241

23 Wolseley versus Arabi and the Queen, 1881-82 253

24 The Sudan I: Heroes in Distress, 1883-84 270

25 The Sudan II: Too Late! 1884-85 282

26 Troubles on the Empire's Fringes: Manipur and Chitral, 1890-95 295

27 The Frontier Aflame, 1897 311

28 Tirah, 1897-98 318

29 Back to the Sudan, 1896-98 330

30 The Boer War I: 1899 339

31 The Boer War II: 1900 347

Appendix I The British Regiment 354

Appendix II The Little Wars 364

Appendix III Some British Orders 372

Bibliography 373

Index 383

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

    readable history!

    Farwell was a master of history, and this is best book. In scope it covers nearly a hundred years and in breadth nearly the entire globe, yet the stories within are short and very readable. I recommend this book to anyone who loves history or just a good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2003

    Couldn't Put It Down

    A very well written book. It was a delightful book to read, very hard to put down. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Victorian Age or the British Military.

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