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ISBN-13: 978-1780765914 ISBN-10: 1780765916 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris; Reprint edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780765916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780765914
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,102 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, UK 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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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.Read more ›
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This is a very nice bit of historical writing, with a lot of time spent in putting the war into historical perspective. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that there are assumptions made about my own knowledge of the war that were incorrect. Perhaps if I were British or South African, I would have known some of the things and had some of the attitudes they assume of their readers. That said, this book gave me a feel for the Boer war in its geopolitical and local settings, and explains fairly well why it started, how it proceeded, and how it still affects both South Africa and Great Britain. Well worth a read.
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This excellent book brought great clarity to what had always been for me, a confused historical period. Having only read snippets of this war or seen limited focus movies (Breaker Morant), I had a lot of unanswered questions concerning the Boer War. Denis Judd provides the right amount of background information concerning the disparate people groups that were living in this part of the world and what their fears and concerns were concerning their future. He also depicts the influence that business magnates exerted and the significance that gold and diamond mines held for the region. Judd provides detailed accounts of the characters of many of the key players in this war, equally highlighting both courageous acts and barbarous ones as well. For anyone desiring to make sense out of what was a complicated war, I would highly recommend this excellent work.
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By Robert1 on August 26, 2014
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helped explain a war I didn't know much about. timely arrival
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ccmano on May 7, 2014
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While decidedly from a British perspective, overall reasonably balanced and informative. Written in a somewhat scholarly form, it remained enticing enough to continue turning the pages.
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