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Denis Judd , Keith Surridge
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30 Mar 2013
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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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; Reprint edition (30 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780765916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780765914
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Denis Judd is Professor Emeritus of Imperial and Commonwealth History, London Metropolitan University 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Read Account Of The War 26 Dec 2013
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Fascinating read. Well researched. Anyone interested in the current situation in South Africa will gain insight from reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scholarship, well written, the most authoritative on the topic...and the REAL story of Breaker Morant! 4 Jan 2014
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I read Thomas Pakenham's book twice and Byron Farwell's twice. Pakenham is strong on political details, Farwell is strong on military details, although Pakenham's lyrical writing style is stirring when he writes combat scenes. This work by Judd and Surridge is strong strong strong on analysis. For example, they challenge the notion that the war was set up by the big miners and was all about gold and diamonds. Uncle Paul Kruger is not so avuncular as he is portrayed by Byron Farwell, nor is Herbert Kitchener as nefarious or incompetent as portrayed by both. There is a long as in decades movement to tear down K following WW1 and these authors don't buy it. They'll show you some smart moves that K made that aborted some pretty dumb things that the politicians especially Milner wanted. They don't romanticize "het herrenvolk" like Farwell and Kipling do, and have a higher opinion of Louis Botha as a general, strategist, and leader than the other two authors. The Boers, it turn out, made one heckuva lot of operational blunders...putting almost 10K men to besiege Lord B-P and 735 men at Mafeking for example.... Piet Cronje caught out in the open at Paardeberg, where Lord K was well on the way to wiping him out but for the lassitude of his divisional commanders. Lord K's reputation was blackened by some of his subordinate generals after his death in 1916....same thing happened in the aftermath of American's War Between the States. Keep in mind that these were mostly small unit actions....rarely fewer than 20K total men engaged. Even some of the secondary theatre actions in the US WBTS were larger. As for the REAL story of Breaker Morant....I won't spoil it for you here! Oh I almost forgot. These authors have a lot of respect for Garnett Wolseley and demonstrate is abilities. He gets shortchanged in some of the other histories. Like Lord K, he was blasted by people whom he "outed" as incompetent after he died. One of those was Redvers Buller. I read somewhere the Buller was 'a magnificent major (his action at Hlobane in 1979), a competent colonel, a bungling brigadier, and a disaster as a Major General.
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