The Boer War

The Boer War

Thomas Pakenham / Jul 20, 2019

The Boer War The Boers of South Africa responded to Britain s annexation of the gold and diamond rich Transvaal region by declaring war on October The English believed the fighting would be over by Christ

  • Title: The Boer War
  • Author: Thomas Pakenham
  • ISBN: 9780380720019
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Boers of South Africa responded to Britain s annexation of the gold and diamond rich Transvaal region by declaring war on October 11, 1899 The English believed the fighting would be over by Christmas never dreaming they were on the brink of one of the longest, bloodiest, most costly and humiliating military campaigns in their history Mammoth in scope and scholarshThe Boers of South Africa responded to Britain s annexation of the gold and diamond rich Transvaal region by declaring war on October 11, 1899 The English believed the fighting would be over by Christmas never dreaming they were on the brink of one of the longest, bloodiest, most costly and humiliating military campaigns in their history Mammoth in scope and scholarship, as vivid, fast moving and breathtakingly compelling as the finest fiction Thomas Pakenham s The Boer War is the definitive account of this extraordinary conflict a war precipitated by greed and marked by almost inconcievable blundering and brutalities and whose shattering repercussions can be felt to this very day.

    Second Boer War The Second Boer War October May was fought between the British Empire and two Boer states, the South African Republic Republic of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, over the Empire s influence in South Africa It is also known variously as BBC History The Boer Wars Mar , First Boer War The Boer force is the classic example of a citizen army, because virtually the entire white male population of the republics between the ages of sixteen and was conscriptable for unpaid military service Growing up on the farms with a rifle in their hands made the burghers generally good marksmen, Boer War begins in South Africa HISTORY Boer War begins in South Africa The Boers, also known as Afrikaners, were the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of southern Africa Britain took possession of the Dutch Cape colony in during the Napoleonic wars, sparking resistance from the independence minded Boers, who resented the Anglicization of South Africa Boer Wars New World Encyclopedia Boer Wars The Boer Wars were fought between British and Dutch settlers of the South African Transvaal The Dutch were known as Boers from the word for farmer. Their ancestors had settled in the Cape area from the s onwards From , many trekked to the Transvaal with the express purpose of avoiding British rule. The Boer War in South Africa ThoughtCo Aug , From October , , until May , , the Second Boer War also known as the South African War and the Anglo Boer War was fought in South Africa between the British and the Boers Dutch settlers in southern Africa The Boers had founded two independent South African republics the Orange Free State and the South African Republic and had a long history of distrust and dislike for The Boer War Thomas Pakenham The Boer War was to be the most costly, in terms of blood and treasure, in the hundred years of Queen Victoria s little wars period, and was a true forecast of the butchery that smokeless rifles fired from trenches would effect in the slaughter of WWI. Boer War Encyclopedia Boer War The Boers struck first, invading the Cape Colony and Natal with a force based on the militia like pattern of Boer defense, the commando system The keys to their powerful blows against professional British units were expert marksmanship, good weapons, and mobility mostly on horseback. Anglo Boer War Boer War The Anglo Boer War was fought by Britain and her Empire against the Boers The Boers were comprised of the combined forces of the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State The Boer Republics declared war on th October and the conflict ended on st May , a duration of years and months. Boer War Haunting Photos Of History s First Concentration Sep , The Boer War Genocide Inside History s First Concentration Camps Soon, there were than concentration camps across South Africa, imprisoning than , people The nurses there didn t have the resources to deal with the numbers They could barely feed them The camps were filthy and overrun with disease, and the people inside started to die off in droves. First Anglo Boer War South African History Online The Transvaal War also known as the First Boer War or the First War of Independence was a curtain raiser to the far ruthless Anglo Boer War of Remember Majuba became a rallying cry of the British during Second Anglo Boer War.

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      • Thomas Pakenham

        Thomas Francis Dermot Pakenham, 8th Earl of Longford, is known simply as Thomas Pakenham He is an Anglo Irish historian and arborist who has written several prize winning books on the diverse subjects of Victorian and post Victorian British history and trees He is the son of Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford, a Labour minister and human rights campaigner, and Elizabeth Longford The well known English historian Antonia Fraser is his sister After graduating from Belvedere College and Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1955, Thomas Pakenham traveled to Ethiopia, a trip which is described in his first book The Mountains of Rasselas On returning to Britain, he worked on the editorial staff of the Times Educational Supplement and later for ,iThe Sunday Telegraph and The Observer He divides his time between London and County Westmeath, Ireland, where he is the chairman of the Irish Tree Society and honorary custodian of Tullynally Castle.Thomas Pakenham does not use his title and did not use his courtesy title before succeeding his father However, he has not disclaimed his British titles under the Peerage Act 1963, and the Irish peerages cannot be disclaimed as they are not covered by the Act He is unable to sit in the House of Lords as a hereditary peer as his father had, due to the House of Lords Act 1999 though his father was created a life peer in addition to his hereditary title in order to be able to retain his seat.


    1. A well done narrative of the Boer War. Mr. Pakenham has written a book which resists the easy path of political correctness and doesn't engage in simple minded ideology. He has attempted to show both sides as truthfully as possible. His one very daring act is the effort to show General Buller in a sympathetic light - going against decades of historians that have written him off as nothing, but an incompetent. It's become accepted that General Buller is just another example of the idiots that wer [...]

    2. The definitive history of the Boer War. I bought this book in South Africa, and read it over the course of a few weeks while working in neighbouring Mozambique. The author already provides an excellent summary of the war in his book The Scramble for Africa: The White Man's Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912, but real students of the South African war must read this. The detail is exhaustive, but never tedious - whether of the political wrangling or the actual fighting. The author t [...]

    3. I first read this book as the beginning of my autodidactic project of reading one book about each of the wars fought in the 20th Century. (This was foiled by my failure to find a good book on the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. Any suggestions will be welcome.) At the time, I found it a thrilling account of a war about which I knew virtually nothing, and I did gain a certain insight into the changes from 19th-century colonial warfare to the 20th-century variety. On reviewing it today, however, now t [...]

    4. A fascinating history of competition over material wealth between paternalistic racists (and somewhat ferocious anti-Semites)with chipper dispositions vs. angry, frothing at the mouth puritan racists (with a strange involvement of Semites, not to be repeated by their Germanic forefathers up north in a couple of generations). Funny hats, funny names, serious murders. Written when apartheid seemed almost invincible but sensing a change was about to come, there is a great post-colonial perspective [...]

    5. The definitive history of the second Boer War. this work is written in the grand tradition of narrative history - in prose that is lucid, witty, and dramatic. The author's scholarship is deep, comprehensive, and objective. The political and economic factors that led to the war and that continued to influence both its conduct and its final settlement are fully developed. This background information is particularly essential in understanding the thinking of the Boer political and military leadersh [...]

    6. Overlooked war in overlooked period in time. Needs to be read just after "Washing of the Spears" a narrative of the British wars in sub-Saharan Africa in second half of the 19th century.

    7. Granted, I started reading this book because I wanted a better idea of the Anglo Boer War for my Afrikaans module during my first level at Unisa for my BA, so this was pretty much supplementary reading – which means I was more consistent about finishing what I started. Plainly put, The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham (which is apparently considered a “go to” for the subject) is very, very dry. And that’s putting it mildly.Informative, yes, but I had to do my reading in bursts. That Pakenham [...]

    8. Many of the things that everybody knows about the 2nd Boer War turn out to be more complicated than that. The Boer militia were not expert marksmen, but European troops in the open were just as vulnerable to massed fire from magazine fed rifles firing smokeless ammunition as anybody else. The key military blunders by the British commanders were not the initial failures to relieve Kimberly and Ladysmith, probably inevitable with insufficient numbers against entrenched defenders, but Robert's fail [...]

    9. A dramatically compelling narrative paired with magnificent scholarship - a rare treasure. Here's an excerpt, concerning the British Commander-in-Chief:"Kitchener's own sense of isolation at GHQ had reached a climax. Even with his 'band of boys', he found ordinary human contact impossible. Only 'the Brat', Captain Frank Maxwell, VC, his fair-haired young ADC, had found a way to Kitchener's heart, if heart it was. 'He is awfully shy,' the Brat wrote home, describing K. 'He really feels nice thing [...]

    10. An amazing book. Enjoyed the analytical insights as well as the descriptive components, which are necessary to understand the terrainthe British were fighting. Illustrates the toughness and resourcefulness of the Boers and sheds light on the not-so-brilliantBritish army, yet shows there potential for shrewdness and all out visciousness to win the war. The use of the 'concentration camps' (possibly the first ever used) to separate the Boers from their families came as a surprise to me. I did not [...]

    11. Given to my sweetheart December 2011 because he's interested in the Boer War. Should ask him whether it was any good.

    12. The Boer War is a long book, clocking in at just under 600 pages with about another 250 pages of end notes, bibliography, and index. It is well worth the read. When Thomas Pakenham wrote the book in the 1980s, he interviewed some of the remaining survivors of the Boer and performed heroic research with primary sources. With these approaches, Pakenham successfully conveys what the Boer War remains an important historical subject. He shows how the prosecution and the conclusion of the Boer War led [...]

    13. Okay, I've lived as an Uitlander in South Africa, so this gives some reasoning why the country was like it was when I was growing up there. It is exhaustive, but never dull. Informative, but not overbearing. I have read a book about the Boer War a few years ago, but that one skimmed the surface compared to this one. This book was written in 1979, and even now, nearly 40 years on, it still seems to be the authorative popular history of the war. I can see why. A book this large and historical, and [...]

    14. I have to admit I knew nothing about the Boer War before I started reading this book, except the fact Churchill had been taken prisoner during the war as a young news corespondent. It took me a bit to get adjusted to the book's flow having to read summaries on the Boer War online to catch some of the more subtle nuances of the book, and to grasp some of the more mundane facts such as geography and the different factions that made up both sides of the war. Overall, this was a great book on the su [...]

    15. Detailed look at the war from the British perspective. Much analysis of Britain's Generals failures and missteps as they grapple with the very mobile Boers with smokeless rifles that gives them an advantage in defensive battles. But the overwhelming size of the British Army coupled with severe treatment of women and children who were rounded into 'concentration camps' resulted in a victory for England, although short-lived.

    16. I. ImportanceVery detailed and informative account of the Second Boer War: 1899-1901. The "White Man's War" fought entirely in Africa at the dawn of the 20th Century. A war fought for the sordid purpose of enabling the British to steal for themselves the then newly found gold mines in Transvaal and to further the Imperialist Dreams of certain British loyalists located in Cape Colony. This war terminated forever the Boer republics of the Orange Free State and Transvaal. In addition, it fused thei [...]

    17. Many other reviewers here have said the same kind of things I would state when considering the quality of Pakenham's erudite and detailed history of the Second Boer War. The revisionist approach undertaken by the author in attempting to exonerate General Sir Redvers Buller and his campaign in Natal from many of the slurs thrown at him from those in the 'Indian' camp, or those aligned with Churchill & Amery, is quite convincing. Conversely Pakenham makes plenty of sound and intelligent critic [...]

    18. The Boer War is one of the least understood wars involving a western country. The only thing I knew about the war is that it occurred in South Africa and involved Britain and some of its colonies, including Australia. I always assumed it must have been a relatively minor war – more a skirmish than anything – but it was actually a major war, with fatalities into the tens of thousands.The Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71 should have made clear to everyone that the old Napoleonic-style warfare wa [...]

    19. I found the book to be overall comprehensive in its narrative of the war. Although it does assume the reader has a firm grasp of general British colonial history, Governmental system, political figures, and military/colonial organization. It is also especially dated, although this is only truly evident in the Epilogue, wherein the author parallels the then (1979) current political situation of Apartheid with that of Milner's South Africa.My only complaints of the writing are that, firstly, the a [...]

    20. A mostly excellent account of the Boer War. I came into this book with a rudimentary knowledge of the this war. I knew some basic things like how Britain thought it would be over quickly (how often do we hear this throughout history) but it dragged out for nearly four years, concentration camps were first used by us Brits and various famous and future famous people that were involved. I figured that this book by Thomas Pakenham would give me a more in depth insight to other aspects of the war an [...]

    21. It's always nice to dip into a bit of non-fiction every now and then, especially when it is this sort of quality. An eminently readable history of the Boer War, it was that rarest of creatures; a page-turner of a history book. Covering the entirety of the conflict in South Africa, this book would be appropriate for the complete beginner of a student, right up to the seasoned Boer War veteran looking for some new insight (I would put myself very much in the former category). My only qualm was I f [...]

    22. Published in 1979, this book won The Cheltenham Prize in 1980. According to sources on the Web, "The Cheltenham Prize is awarded at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to the author of any book published in the relevant year which "has received less acclaim than it deserved". This is an apt description of this book. Well written and well researched, it details a war that remains relatively unknown to those outside of the conflict. The author is the 8th Earl of Longford (b 1933) and is the brother [...]

    23. Dating from the mid-1970s, and re-released in the late 1990s, Pakenham's The Boer War is an excellent revisitation of a conflict that had been too long overlooked (and really, still is). It provides good balance between discussion of military, political, and economic decision-making regarding the war, profiles of important personages, and poses challenging revisions to dominant understandings. Pakenham writes with what a friend called, 'typical heavy-handed British academic history language'. It [...]

    24. The definitive, all-round history of the causes, events, people, and results of the Boer War; many of the people whose actions are covered appeared in prominent roles later in the 20th century, including several of the British officers and Winston Churchill. Like the American Civil War, several elements of the Boer War foreshadowed dark aspects of wars to come, including the invention of concentration camps, hit-and-run guerrilla warfare using long-range sniping with newly accurate rifles, quick [...]

    25. Fantastic history of the boer war from its causes to some analysis of the consequences. It is a long book with a lot of detail. It is hard a times to stay in touch with the characters, the geography and the battles. You are carried along with it and rewarded by an impartial insight into the the many tragedies, errors and horrors of the conflict. Of course the British won in the end through their overwhelming resources but later the boer recovered their independence and eventually the apartheid s [...]

    26. This is perhaps the best one volume work on the Boer war currently on the market. Pakenham does a great job explaining how the war started and his analysis on the operational deficiencies of Britain in the beginning and how they overcame these deficiencies is fascinating. This is not just a battlefield narrative. Packenham also explores the political, social and diplomatic aspects of the years leading up to the war, as well as how these criteria affected the conduct and outcome of the war. A tru [...]

    27. Highly readable account of the British/Afrikaner war fought in South Africa at the turn of the previous century. Places the war in the context as a lead-up to World War I. Highlights the British use of concentration camps for the families of Afrikaner guerrilla soldiers to force surrender. Also provides an overview of racial policies by British and Afrikaner officials and provides a good grounding in the roots of later apartheid polices of the Republic of South Africa.

    28. I read the original English edition of this book and then a few years later I read the Afrikaans translation. It's an absolutely cracking book either way. I like it because it's objective, unbiased and extremely thorough. It's a lot of info, so it's a book that you can easily read again. There is a real human feel to this book, so it's not all dates and facts. History was really brought alive for me while reading this and I thoroughly recommend it.

    29. Been a while since i read this too but still think about it every so often. Redvers (reverse) Buller, concentration camps, Louis Botha, De Wet, de la Rey, Spioenkop, Colenso all big names from Afrikaner folklore. A great read for anyone with an interest in British colonialism, especially after the lessons they were taught by the Zulus not long before.

    30. A fantastic book that follows what in some ways is the first modern war, as well-armed, mobile Boers frustrate massive British army forces. The book ably defends the reputation of some of those like Redvers Buller who were perhaps unfairly slandered after the war. Written in 1979, but still tremendously relevant today.

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