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The Great Boer War

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While most people remember Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his 'Sherlock Holmes' stories, he actually wanted more to be a journalistic and historical writer. This is one of his works in that vein, documenting the events of the Boer War, which had yet to end at the time of writing.
ebook, 641 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Auk Academic (first published 1900)
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An attempt to give an objective evaluation of the war. Not entirely possible from CD's standpoint of class and the fact that he was a doctor for part of the war in Blomfontein but relatively interesting. Not as scholarly a work as Pakenham's 'The Boer War' but if you wish to know what battalion was engaged in a minor skirmish in the latter stages of the conflict then the chances are they get a mention in this work. CD interviewed hundreds of soldiers during and shortly after the war so even if s...more
This is straight military history - written during and immediately afterwards. The first 3 chapters, which talk about the buildup to war, were interesting enough. I would have liked more about the pre-war history.

I'm not a fan of descriptions of the mechanics of war - When I read Gibbon's Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, I chose the military abridged version - so I may or may not finish this book.

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I finished this, more due to perseverance than interest. There are about 40 pages dea...more
Feb 09, 2014 Lenp marked it as started-but-now-on-hold  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for more of a bird's eye view of the war. The detailed descriptions of each skirmish have become tedious, and I seem to have lost interest in continuing to read this book. Maybe I will come back to it in a while - I would like to read about the latter stages of the war.
وسام الدين محمد
Very interesting book about the history of colonial south Africa and the rising and decline of Boer people. The most amazing is the absence of the local people in this conflict ion of imperial and colonial European powers.
It is a good book if you like the history.
Craig Herbertson
Thoroughly interesting book written at a time when war was perceived as a glorious affair rather than a meaningless slaughter. Lots of things not mentioned though for political reasons
The edition I read was actually published before the end of The Great Boer war in 1902, but no need to list yet another edition.
Shaun Chattey
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Full of truth.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

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