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The African Wars: Warriors and Soldiers of the Colonial Campaigns

The African Wars: Warriors and Soldiers of the Colonial Campaigns [Kindle Edition]

Chris Peers
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In The African Wars, Chris Peers provides a graphic account of several of the key campaigns fought between European powers and the native peoples of tropical and subtropical Africa in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His pioneering and authoritative study describes in vivid detail the organization and training of African warriors, their weapons, their fighting methods and traditions, and their tactics. He concentrates on the campaigns mounted by the most successful African armies as they struggled to defend themselves against the European scramble for Africa. Resistance was inconsistent, but some warlike peoples fought long and hard - the Zulu victory over the British at Isandhlwana is the best known but by no means the only occasion when the Africans humiliated the colonial invaders.

About the Author

Chris Peers is a leading expert on the history of the armies of nineteenth-century Africa and has written widely on the subject. He has also compiled a series of books on the armies of China. He has contributed many articles to military history, wargaming and family history magazines, and his major publications include Warlords of China, 700BC-AD1662, Warrior Peoples of East Africa and Soldiers of the Dragon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3691 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (23 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O8I3TA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview 16 Jun 2012
Treating all colonial wars across Africa would require thousands of pages. As an introduction and overview the writer has done a pukka job in explaining the reasons for some important wars and how they were fought on both sides. It is a mostly overlooked part of common recent history between Europe and Africa and of great interest to military historians and strategists.
One particular campaign of interest is Sketches of the East Africa Campaign where there is a complex interaction between German, British and African forces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars African 19th C. Armies 24 May 2013
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A very useful book for colonial era wargamers with much useful information. It could have done with more maps and battle layouts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 6 July 2012
By danny boy - Published on
Chris Peers has written a nice synopsis of the various African Wars during the Colonial era. He retreads a lot of familiar ground - Zulus, Ashanti, but he does flesh out the various campaigns very nicely. It does have a pro-British bias but its all stirring stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unusually Balanced Look at Colonial Campaigns in Africa 14 Nov 2012
By A. A. Nofi - Published on
An excerpt from the review on StrategyPage.Com:

"Most works on colonial wars in Africa focus on the European troops and view the campaigns from their perspective. In addition, most works tend to deal with a handful of wars, in English primarily those with the Zulu, the Sudanese, and occasionally the Asante, while works in other languages display similar limitations. In contrast, Peers looks at numerous campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, with much more serious attention to the African perspective than is customary. He fills in the African side of the historical background, cultural and political organization, military institutions, and traditional concepts of tactics and strategy. In addition, Peers tries to cover far more peoples than is common, so, in addition to Zulu and Ashante, we get a look at the Hehe, Azande, Congo Arabs, Masai, Nandi, Mandinka, and more, and also at some of the Portuguese, Italian, Belgian, Egyptian, and German campaigns. Peers is good at discussing questions such as why some peoples were better shots than others, why spear-armed troops could at times overcome musketeers and even riflemen, and so forth. As a result, the version of these campaigns that emerges can be quite revealing, since Peers is looking at 'the other side of the hill'."

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