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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Soldiers and settlers in Africa, 1850-1918
Editor:Miller, Stephen M.
Series:History of warfare (ISSN 1385-7827)
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Great Britain
Subjects:colonial wars
colonial forces
military history
Abstract:This volume examines the difficulties that Great Britain faced in the Victorian and Edwardian eras while sustaining, controlling, and extending its empire by means of military force. The first group of essays focuses on the experience of soldiers in South Africa: 'Valuable, gallant and faithful assistants': the Fingo (or Mfengu) as colonial military allies during the Cape-Xhosa wars, 1835-1881 (T. Stapleton); African levies in Natal and Zululand, 1836-1906 (J. Laband & P. Thompson); From mercenaries to military settlers: the Biritsh German Legion, 1854-1861 (J. Laband); Blacks who backed the Boers: Republican commando auxiliaries in the Anglo-Boer or South African War, 1899-1902 (B. Nasson). A second set of essays looks at the ways in which events in Africa shaped politics and culture in Great Britain and how these same events shaped the politics and culture of the local landscape: British military perspectives on Africa in the late 19th century (E.M. Spiers); War secretaries and their commanders-in-chief: South Africa, professional rivalries, and the politics of reform (J.L. Meriwether); Confronted with the facts: why the Boer delegates at Vereeniging accepted a humiliating peace to end the South African War, 31 May 1902 (F. Pretorius). A third set of essays deals with the role of officers: Manipulating the modern curse of armies: Wolseley, the press, and the Ashanti War, 1873-1874 (I.F.W. Beckett); Sir Redvers Buller and the South African Light Horse (J. Thomas); Rural struggles and the politics of a colonial command: the Southern Mounted Rifles of the Transvaal Volunteers, 1905-1912 (I. van der Waag); New light on the East African theater of the Great War: a review essay of English-language sources (B. Vandervort). [ASC Leiden abstract]