The Boer War: Direction, Experience and Image

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This collections of essays by leading British and South African scholars, looking at the Boer War, focuses on three aspects: how the British Military functioned; the role of the Boers, Afrikaners and Zulus; and the media presentation of the war to the public.

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Editorial Reviews

The war in South Africa of 1899-1902 was a pivotal point in British military history. British policy-making and military organization are the focus of the first part of the book, in which contributions from British historians scrutinize the historical record and its interpretations. In the second part, four South African historians offer studies of the roles played by Boers, Afrikaners and Zulus, as well as the social and cultural dimensions of the war. The final section examines how the media presented the war to the British public. Edited by Gooch (international history, U. of Leeds). Distributed in the U.S. by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714651019
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/3/2000
  • Series: Military History and Policy Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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RUSI Journal

"an interesting collection of papers"

Small Wars & Insurgencies

"a very solid contribution to the field of military studies, including civil-military politics"

" Provides a helpful starting point for those continuing with the investigation of one of Africa"s largest and most complex military campaigns."

- Army Historical Research

"Excellent volume... a work that offers some original themes and revisions rather than presenting the same old story in different words

- Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

"a remarkable collection of essays covering neglected aspects of the Boer War... It is unusual for a work of collected papers such as this to be so uniformly excellent and informative. The Boer War is a monument to the scholarly expertise of Gooch and his contributors and a "must-purchase" for all students of this tragic conflict.

- The Historian

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