The Last Boer War

H. Rider Haggard


The Last Boer War

The Last Boer War

  • Title: The Last Boer War
  • Author: H. Rider Haggard
  • ISBN: 9781443714006
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback



The Last Boer War AUTHORS NOTE IT has been suggested that at this juncture some students of South African history might be glad to read an account of the Boer Rebellion of 1881, its causes and results Accordingly, in the following pages are reprinted portions of a book which I wrote so long ago as I 882 It may be objected that such matter must be stale, but I venture tThe Last Boer War AUTHORS NOTE IT has been suggested that at this juncture some students of South African history might be glad to read an account of the Boer Rebellion of 1881, its causes and results Accordingly, in the following pages are reprinted portions of a book which I wrote so long ago as I 882 It may be objected that such matter must be stale, but I venture to urge, on the contrary, that to this very fact it owes whatever value it may possess This history was written at the time by one who took an active part in the sad and stirring events which it records, immediately after the issue of those events had driven him home to England Of the original handful of individuals who were concerned in the annexation of the Transvaal by Sir Theophilus Shepstone in 1877, of whom I was one, not many now survive When they have gone, any further accurate report made from an intimate personal knowledge of the incidents attendant on that act will be an impossibility indeed it is already impossible, since after the lapse of twenty years men can scarcely trust to their memories for the details of intricate political occurrences, even should they be prompted to attempt their record It is for thio reason, when the melancholy results which its pages foretell have overtaken us, that I venture to lay them again before the public, so that any who are interested in the matter may read and find in the tale of 1881 the true causes of the war of 1899 I have written which its pages foretell Here are one or two passages taken from them almost at hazard that may be thought to justify the words It seems to me, however, to be a question worthy of the consideration of those who at present direct the destinies of the Empire, whether it would not be wise, as they have gone so far, to go a little farther, and favour a scheme for the total abandonment of South Africa, retaining only Table Bay


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Written in 1882 and not published until the eve of the Second Boer War, 1899-190. It is Haggard’s account of the causes and results of the South Africian Boer Rebellion in 1881 in which he was a participant. He also believes it is the basis for the 1899 Boer War. He is also a critic of Bristh policies and actions regarding the Boers which he feels were responsbile for the 1899 war.This is detailed accounting of Boer attitudes and behaviors towards natives and the British, the Boer government s [...]

This book was definitely not one of my favorites from H. Rider Haggard.It was more like a historical documentary on the African Zulu tribal uprisings than a story novel. You have to really pay attention to detail in how he explains it. I found it tedious to read through.


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