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The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham
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Mar 07, 08

bookshelves: character-studies, culture-and-politics, economics, history, military, regional
Recommended for: Students of history
Read in January, 1983

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-firing artillery pieces, and the use of moralistic pretexts to justify wars of aggression that were actually more about control of mineral resources.
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