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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"An impressive history...written to a high standard with undoubted scholarship." – Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph

"This immensely readable book...provides a fine panoramic vision. The deeper meaning of the war is now clear." – Robert Giddings, Tribune

"Judd and Surridge add a new angle...they conclude that the war acted a as a kind of boil-lancing which enabled the two white races to march forward hand-in-hand on the road to Apartheid." – Jane Ridley, The Spectator

"Beautifully clear and remarkably compact, it tells its story with elegance and enormous authority." – Martin Rubin, Washington Times

"This is a valuable portrait of the conflict itself and the politics behind it, as well as the concentration camps." – Colin Gardiner, Oxford Times

"Denis Judd and Keith Surridge have revisited the conflict and come up with a fresh view which answers some questions and poses others...a thoroughly decent book, cautious in its judgements and down-to-earth in its approach." – Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald, Glasgow

From the Publisher

"An impressive history...written to a high standard with undoubted scholarship." – Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph

"This immensely readable book...provides a fine panoramic vision. The deeper meaning of the war is now clear." – Robert Giddings, Tribune

"Judd and Surridge add a new angle...they conclude that the war acted a as a kind of boil-lancing which enabled the two white races to march forward hand-in-hand on the road to Apartheid." – Jane Ridley, The Spectator

"Beautifully clear and remarkably compact, it tells its story with elegance and enormous authority." – Martin Rubin, Washington Times

"This is a valuable portrait of the conflict itself and the politics behind it, as well as the concentration camps." – Colin Gardiner, Oxford Times

"Denis Judd and Keith Surridge have revisited the conflict and come up with a fresh view which answers some questions and poses others...a thoroughly decent book, cautious in its judgements and down-to-earth in its approach." – Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald, Glasgow

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780765914
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 555,802
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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.

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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 Turban 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 Burbaning, 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

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