Slogging Over Africa: The Boer Wars 1815-1902

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When the Boer settlers left British-ruled Cape Colony to conquer new territories for themselves, few imagined they would find themselves fighting the British for their independence. But the discovery of gold and diamonds in the Transvaal led to a conspiracy to incorporate the Boer republics into the British Empire. No-one – at least in London or Cape Town – imagined these ‘farmers’ could oppose a modern European army. But they did.

The Boers savaged a British column at Majuba Hill and an uneasy peace endured for another ten years. Full-scale war broke out again in 1899 with the Boers enjoying considerable international support.

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Over 100 period photos, and an absorbing account by an expert on the British colonial wars, narrate the struggles that led to the creation of South Africa. When the Boer settlers left Cape Colony to conquer new territories, they did not expect to have to fight the British for their independence. The discovery of gold and diamonds in the Transvaal, however, changed everything. Almost no one thought these "farmers" could oppose a modern European army. But they did, and their initial victory ushered in an uneasy peace for the next decade. When war broke out again, the Boers had considerable international support--including from the German Kaiser. Before the battle was won, the conflict saw the first use of armored trains...and the first concentration camps.

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AuthorMichael Barthorp
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