From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Paice, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, has written what is by a significant margin the best book to date on the Great War in East Africa. Paice integrates an impressive spectrum of archival and printed sources into a comprehensive analysis based on the premise that, for economic and emotional reasons, Africa mattered
to the European powers. Paice accurately and evocatively describes a campaign in which modern technology was consistently frustrated by terrain, climate and disease. He acknowledges the tactical brilliance of German Gen. Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. He demonstrates as well that the Germans sustained their operations through systematic brutality that has led too many historians to mistake Africans' fear for loyalty. In that respect there was in practice little difference among the combatants. In East Africa horse transport was ineffective; supplies had to be moved by humans. Among more than a million Africans recruited by Britain alone, at least a tenth died. Subsistence economies were wracked by famine and disease, culminating in the influenza epidemic of 1918. While the voices of East Africa's Great War remain largely Western, the burdens were disproportionately borne locally. 16 pages of photos; maps. (Aug.)
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A richly detailed history of those four years. It is a story of imperial hubris on a colossal scale and an authoritative account of a huge and often overlooked part of the war. World War I: The
African Front will stand as a must-read for students of the African campaign. (The Wall Street Journal
Edward Paice has written what is by a significant margin the best book to date on the Great War in Africa. Paice accurately and evocatively describes a campaign in which modern technology was consistently frustrated by terrain, climate, and disease. (Publishers Weekly
, starred review)