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The Boer War 1899-1902 (Essential Histories series Book 52) [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Fremont-Barnes
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Victorious in its previous campaigns in Africa against native armies, Britain now confronted an altogether different foe. The Boers proved to be formidable opponents, masterfully compensating for inferior numbers with grim determination, resourcefulness and strong religious faith. Their mobility, expert use of cover, and knowledge of the terrain, in which they employed powerful long-range magazine rifles, gave them initial advantages.

By contrast the British suffered from inadequate transport, insufficient mounted troops and poor intelligence. Despite marshalling the immense resources of their empire, the British were to be severely tested in a war which one general described as ‘the graveyard of many a soldier’s reputation’.

The Osprey Guide To... series is a reworking of the popular Essential Histories series, now available as non-illustrated eBooks at a fantastic low price.

The maps and text remain the same, giving a strong historical overview of some of the most important conflicts and theatres of war from the ancient world through to modern times.

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About the Author

Gregory Fremont-Barnes was born in San Francisco and studied history at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Oxford. Since 1993 he has lectured in British and American history in Japan, principally at Kobe University. He has published over ten articles on British diplomatic and military history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13604 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (4 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KSG02XQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars No end of a lesson 17 Mar. 2009
By Lance Grundy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I purchased this book to take with me on a recent visit to South Africa to provide me with a basic knowledge of the Boer War and, in particular, to give me a little insight into the Boers and their history.

Like other books in the Essential Histories series the book provides the reader with a concise summary of the conflict from the political, strategic, tactical, cultural and individual perspective. These books are ideal travelling companions for those interested in how warfare has shaped the world around them.

The book starts with a comprehensive Introduction that outlines the roots of the conflict - a conflict which, according to Rudyard Kipling, gave the British Empire "no end of a lesson." As they would in the First World War, the British expected the war [which started in October 1899] to be over by Christmas. However, they had underestimated their opponents. The Boers, or Afrikaners, were a tough and fiercely individualistic people who mostly lived on isolated farmsteads and lead hard, frugal lives based on Dutch Calvinism. They were deeply religious and believed that the land they lived on was theirs by the grace of God. Following the discovery of diamonds and gold the Boers feared the growing British influence in South Africa and felt that their way of life was threatened by the influx of foreign mining companies and their workers [who the Boers referred to as 'uitlanders'] who brought with them alien ideas on religion and education and what the Boers saw as moral depravity [in the form of the gambling, prostitution and violence that followed in their wake]. They were seen as a threat to the deeply conservative Afrikaner way of life. Conflict became inevitable.
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By joe
a CLEAR and complete aand concise description of events
What would improve the book is the witness accounts,
which are lacking, to give that extra feel about the era......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! 13 Feb. 2015
By Lois
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Very helpful and extremely informative - it made for perfect background reading for my studies on British warfare. Thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You ask for these reviews far too quickly - I ... 11 Sept. 2015
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You ask for these reviews far too quickly - I am still reading this and have not started the others
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 20 Nov. 2014
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A very good coverage of the Boer War.I will be buying more of the Ospray Guide To- books
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