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- Publisher: Scarecrow Press
- Format: Hardback | 640 pages
- Dimensions: 144mm x 216mm x 44mm | 1,021g
- Publication date: 30 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
- ISBN 10: 0810860910
- ISBN 13: 9780810860919
- Sales rank: 1,180,431
The devastating war that raged upon the South African veldt between 1899 and 1902-the first of the 20th century wars-was small in comparison with the World Wars. Yet it remains a war with many revealing facets with regard to military, political, and social issues. The conflict between the British Empire and the Boer settlers was in many ways a precursor to what was to come. It saw vast changes in the organization, tactics, and weapons used by the British army; it had far-reaching effects on the white political structure in the country; and it stimulated Afrikaner nationalism, which may partly explain the introduction of apartheid. The Historical Dictionary of the Anglo-Boer War presents the history of this war, which is also known as "the South African War," "the Boer War," and "the Transvaal War." This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries covering a wide range of military, social, cultural, and political topics. Whether reading about black involvement in the war or repatriation and compensation after the war, this reference presents the latest in research on this important conflict.
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Fransjohan Pretorius is professor of history at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
This work ... is unique in its comprehensive coverage of the war and its easy-to-use layout. American Reference Books Annual An essential reference book ... which will provide a valuable addition to any university library... Pretorius is the rare academic who can write for a popular audience... Historical Dictionary of the Anglo-Boer War is a comprehensive guide with more than 600 cross-referenced entries... There is also a useful introduction with a brief overview of the war and its aftermath, a provocative preface (which discusses the naming of the war), maps, a chronology, and a lengthy, up-to-date bibliography. The Journal Of Military History, December 2009 The author is concerned very much with the facts of the conflict. And in presenting these he unquestionably excels, especially on the military aspects of the struggle. Almost every aspect of the struggle between the mainly ponderous British army and the versatile and generally mobile Boer commandos is covered, often in considerable depth. This is the dictionary's major strength - as a reference summary of the military aspects of the struggle it is exemplary. Reference Reviews, Volume 23, 2009