The Great Anglo-Boer War

The Great Anglo-Boer WarThe Boer War 1899 1902 Was One Of The Last Of The Romantic Wars, Pitting A Sturdy, Stubborn Pioneer People, Fighting To Establish The Independence Of Their Tiny Nation, Against The Might Of The British Empire At Its Peak Farwell Captures The Incredible Feats, The Personal Heroism, The Unbelievable Folly, And The Many Incidents Of Humor As Well As Tragedy. This is an amazing book I identify with the Boers in several things In fact, one reason why I wanted to learn about the Boer War is because I think there is much to learn about how and why a primarily Dutch Reformed, family oriented, dominion focused, and well armed country went to war with one of the biggest demonstrations of imperialistic ambition, bureaucratic, nominally religious, aggressive, big go
This is an absorbing, well written account of a neglected by American readers anyway war at the turn of the last century Rather than being a dry academic text, Farwell s writing style serves to bring the war to life 100 years after the fact Seamlessly mixing descriptions of tactical battlefield and operational decisions with the geo political strategic back drop of the war, intertwining the personal narratives of the men who were carrying out orders and executing political military decisions which I d say was very Ken Burns if Farwell s book didn t pre date Burns work by almost a decade.Coupled with other accounts of the war, like Goodbye Dolly Gray another excellent book written by Rayne Kruger, the average reader can understand some of the causal factors of South Africa s apartied system and gain an insight into the history of a long troubled region.I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any reader looking
A well written book that gives a good overview of the Anglo Boer War A good first read for someone who is not overly familiar with this war and it certainly wet my appetite to read on the subject. In the late 1890 s the British rounded up an army and invaded South Africa There s obviously backstory, but I m learning that with History you just have to agree on a starting point and go with it Some say their reason for invading was to abolish slavery in the Boer republics, which adds a noble spin to any conflict Others suggest it was because Britain had a greedy eye on the world s largest gold and diamond mines that had recently been discovered near Johannesburg, which spins the invasion in a far less noble direction This book does not presume to decide for us which reason is closer to the truth It is this book s intention to provide a blow by blow account of the battles between the British, who came over and said, We ll take it from here and the Boers, who said, No thanks Apparently the British hadn t fought a big war in a while, and were out of practice, which made the first battles particularly interesting They had never before fought an enemy like the Boers, who weren t a regular army at all, but just a bunch of farmers trying not to get bossed around The
The war described by this book is the second Anglo Boer War, which was fought from 1899 to 1902 So, who were the Boers They were and still are the Afrikaner descendants of Dutch settlers who had set up supply stations in the far south of Africa in support of trade with the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia These were a hard nosed, hard headed and self reliant breed that wanted no one telling them how to run their lives The only thing the liked less than being governed by their on people was being governed by foreigners, which they first experienced when the British started taking over the coastal areas Wanting to be left alone, Afrikaners moved from British controlled Cape Colony to the Indian Ocean coast only to have the British take over that region, Natal, as well Finally, Afrikaners trekked inland and formed two republics, the Transvaal and the Orange Free State Noticing a dysfunctional government in the Transvaal, the British decided to annex it in 1877 After tolerating British rule for three years, the Transvaal Afrikaners rose up in revolt in 1880 and drove the British out This was the first Anglo Boer War.In the 1880 s, gold was discovered in the Transvaal, prompting such a gold rush that foreigners soon outnumbered the Afrikaners Fearing that their home would fall under the rule of foreigners, the Transvaal Afrikaners made it increasingly difficult for them to obtain voting rights In 18
To say this book is an exhaustive account of the 2nd Boer ware would understate the sweep of this work.Farwell details the causes, the circumstances, the battles, the leaders, the eventual peace, and the sequelae I have long had an interest in South African history, but the one gap was understanding the Boer war and its consequences I have now remedied that by reading this book.It is well done, though at time a bit tedious I will confess that I speed read som
I enjoyed this book The Boer War is one I had read a lot about in fiction but did not know a lot of the details Wonderful book that taught me a lot about South Africa and its people Book did drag a bit wh
This must be the defining work on this topic The author knows and tells about every engagement, almost every bullet fired, during this conflict I got interested in the topic on my travel to Capetown and garden route, I saw the statues of Smuts and Botha in Capetown and could not figure out why they were there Now I know As an amateur armchair military historia with a keen interest WorldWar I and specific the Western front in Belgium, I discovered that most protagonists of the WW I drama did a dress rehearsal in South Africa Byng, Rawlinson, Kitchener, French, David lloyd George, all marched through the South Africa veld apart of Lloyd George This book is actually a precursor to understand WW I military tactics and how they changed or sclerosized in the 12 years between the end of the Boer war and the world war The detail of the book is mind boggling, but fast reading allows you to keep track of the content In the end, in the very, very end, it is so incredible to realize that so many people endured so much hardship for something they got a couple of years later under a liberal government in London It also helped me to understand the difference between the Afrikaners in the veld and the Anglo saxons in the cities who focus on trade The white man case is also clearly elaborated, the whites would
I ve had a basic knowledge of the Boer War through other reading, but this is the first comprehensive book I ve read on the subject This is very well done and or less follows the order of events This delves into the why and how this war happened Some very good insider information on many of the participants It examines the ineptitude of many of the British officer corps and how difficult it was for the red lines to fight thi
In an age of jingoism When I was young, I remember that Boer War veterans marching at Remembrance Day Now it seems a long time ago and the accounts of Baden Powell and Conan Doyle are all that remain in my memory It was interesting to read what the outcome was i.e nothing much and South Africa remained Afrikaner A general who is courageous and stupid is a cal

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  • 495 pages
  • The Great Anglo-Boer War
  • Byron Farwell
  • English
  • 24 January 2017
  • 9780393306590