The Boer War: A History

Author(s): Denis Judd; Keith Surridge


The Boer War of 1899-1902 was an epic of heroism and bungling, cunning and barbarism with an extraordinary cast of characters - including Churchill, Rhodes, Conan Doyle, Smuts, Kipling, Gandhi, Kruger and Kitchener. The war revealed the ineptitude of the British military and unexpectedly exposed the corrupt underside of imperialism - in the establishment of the first concentration camps, the shooting of Boer prisoners-of-war and the embezzlement of military supplies by British officers. This acclaimed book provides a complete history of the Boer War - from the first signs of unrest to the eventual peace. In the process, it debunks several of the myths which have grown up around the conflict and explores the deadly legacy it left for southern Africa.

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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

Denis Judd is Professor Emeritus of Imperial and Commonwealth History, London Metropolitan University 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.

General Fields

  • : 9781780765914
  • : I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
  • : I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
  • : March 2013
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 968.048
  • : 384
  • : 34 bw in 16pp plates
  • : Denis Judd; Keith Surridge