Springboks on the Somme : South Africa in the Great War 1914 - 1918
The Great War of 1914-18 was a conflict which engulfed the whole world, directly or indirectly. It was an imperialist world war that tugged the new Union of South Africa and its people into a series of separate but connected conflicts - from the domestic Afrikaner Rebellion on the highveld, through the sands of German South West Africa, the steamy bush of German East Africa, and on to the mud and blood of France and Flanders. This book is the first general study of the complex ways in which South Africans experienced the impact of the First World War, and responded to its demands, burdens and opportunities. Told with his customary narrative energy and ironic style, Bill Nasson's new history is a lively account not only of how South Africa fought the war, but also of the miscalculations and illusions that surrounded its involvement, and of how South African society came to imagine and remember that great and terrible conflict.
- Electronic book text | 265 pages
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Bill Nasson
Bill Nasson was born in Cape Town where he survived schooling and adolescence and was spared the fate of any kind of armed service. He was educated at the universities of Hull, York and Cambridge, and has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, the Australian National University and the University of Illinois. For many years he has been working at the University of Cape Town, where he is presently Professor of History. He is the author of many publications, including the highly acclaimed Abraham Esau's War, The South African War 1899-1902 and Britannia's Empire.