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ISBN: 1404304738
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Language: English
Publisher: IndyPublish (March 13, 2002)
Pages: 476
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
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The Introduction describes the book as: The book was completed in September 1900, at a time when the British believed that the war was over. However, the war continued until 1902. Chapter 1. The Boer Nations. Chapter 2. The Cause of Quarrel. Chapter 3. The Negotiations.

The Great Boer War is a book written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published by Smith, Elder & Co. on 23 october 1900. There was also several prefaces by Arthur Conan Doyle : Preface (23 october 1900 - 17 june 1901).

Title: The Great Boer War. Author: Arthur Conan Doyle. Release Date: February 1, 2009 Last Updated: March 6, 2018.

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Scottish surgeon and political activist SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) turned his passions into stories and novels, producing fiction and nonfiction works sometimes controversial (The Great Boer War, 1900), sometimes fanciful (The Coming of the Fairies, 1922), and sometimes legendary (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892).

Although Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, he was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays, romances, poetry, and non-fiction. History & Fiction.

The Great Boer War book. Arthur Conan Doyle made his reputation as a novelist, but far stranger than fiction is the creator of Sherlock Holmes' tale of the Boer War in South Africa. The then 40-year-old novelist wanted to see the war first hand as a soldier, but the Victorian army balked at having a popular author wielding a pen in its ranks. The army did accept him as a doctor and Doyle was knigh Arthur Conan Doyle made his reputation as a novelist, but far stranger than fiction is the creator of Sherlock Holmes' tale of the Boer War in South Africa.

The Great Boer War Текст. Автор:Артур Конан Дойл. It cannot be too often pointed out that in this annexation, the starting-point of our troubles, Great Britain, however mistaken she may have been, had no obvious selfish interest in view

The Great Boer War Текст. It cannot be too often pointed out that in this annexation, the starting-point of our troubles, Great Britain, however mistaken she may have been, had no obvious selfish interest in view. There were no Rand mines in those days, nor was there anything in the country to tempt the most covetous. An empty treasury and two native wars were the reversion which we took over. It was honestly considered that the country was in too distracted a state to govern itself, and had, by its weakness, become a scandal and a danger to its neighbours.

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Brick my own
A very prejudiced tome on the Boer War from the British perspective. I know many South Africans, mainly Afrikaners. They are some of the toughest people on earth. The Brits stole their land from them, burned their farms and incarcerated their women and children in concentration camps, where 20,000 died from starvation and disease. A friend of mine's grandmother survived the camps and died a few years ago at 101 years old. She carried a lifelong hatred for the British and the treatment she received at their hands. A better book covering both sides is The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham.
Tiainar
The Boer War (1895- 1902)

The author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, gives the reason behind the cause of the war. There is rather an extensive, and interesting history that lead to the situation that the country found itself in. The military tactics required a special approach for the South African Campaign. I found that I could not stop reading because I wanted to know how a certain campaign turned out and what happened next. I am glad I read the book because it gave me an understanding into what the Boer war was about.
It almost as if two wars were fought ,one conventional ,and one guerilla. The war was conducted in a gentlemanly fashion by both sides as far as war would allow, especially by their treatment of prisoners, but it is not to say that they did not take advantage of the situation wherever they could. It was a victory for South Africa on the side of justice that was not so easily won.
Of special interest is a short story for the reader which goes as follows; to the North of Estcourt (a town) General Hildyard was receiving reinforcements via ships in its campaign against Colenso (a town) to relieve the siege of Ladysmith ( another town) on Nov. 15th. An armored train was sent form Estcourt to survey the situation. Winston Churchill was among its passengers and the train was ambushed by the Boers. Churchill became the trains driver and escaped in the cab along with the wounded. Winston Churchill was a well known correspondent at the time.
Chi
"The Great Boer War" was written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes series. The Kindle version was published in September, 1902 - some four months after the final surrender. Sixteen previous editions were published, revised as the war dragged on and more information became available.

Doyle himself served as a doctor for two months in a South African hospital, and he visited many of the locations he describes. His style is a bit stiff, but he includes great descriptions of the terrain over which the war was waged. He includes a great deal of local color and anecdotes. My favorite is of General Robert Baden-Powell (also the founder of the Boy Scouts), who, as commander of the besieged city of Mafeking and after six weeks of bombardment, notified the Boer commander that if he continued the shelling he (Baden-Powell) would consider it an act of war!

The style is that to be expected form a Victorian-era imperialist such as Doyle. Units that suffered the most casualties are always referred to having gained the most glory. The British soldiers were brave and honorable; the Boers they opposed were brave but ignorant, lucky, and dishonorable. Boer casualties are always assumed to be greater than the British, as are the Boers generally considered to outnumber the British. He ignores the true reason the British government was willing to engage in such a destructive war over otherwise valueless hinterland: diamonds and gold.

An example of the bias is in describing the status of prisoners. The British considered the Boers to be rebels and traitors; thus prisoners that were paroled by the Boers on an oath not to bear arms upon release were in fact rearmed and sent back to the battle line. The British felt that an oath to such scum need not be honored. The Boers quickly determined that (since they could not accommodate prisoners) they would not require the oath - which would not abided by anyway. A compensating advantage was the British soldiers quickly realized that if they fought on they would be killed, but that if they surrendered they would be well-treated and released within a few days.

On the other hand, Boers who were paroled would be executed if caught again - for not honoring their paroles. The British stopped issuing paroles and instead sent prisoners to concentration camps in St. Helena, Ceylon, and Bermuda - where (since they were not recognized as true soldiers) they were not given the rights of prisoners of war.

Another bias is Doyle's glossing over of the methods by which the British prevailed. The country was crisscrossed with blockhouses and barbed wire. The land was burnt, crops and cattle were requisitioned or destroyed, and women, children and old men were taken to concentration camps. The death rate among Boer inmates was horrendous, with half the children perishing. There were 45 such camps for Boer non-combatants, and 64 for Black Africans - which had an even greater death rate.

That said, this is a worthwhile book for anyone interested in this fascinating period. It certainly provides the British perspective. But it also goes into great (sometimes almost boring) detail of the campaigns - all from the British perspective, of course. It includes a great many engagements, sometimes very small, that are usually ignored but cumulatively add a lot to the reader's knowledge.

My only reservation is this: The reader should read some more balanced accounts (such as Pakenham's account of the war) before tackling this one. Taken by itself, Doyle's account would be very misleading. And, as usual, there are no maps. I found a couple fairly good maps by Googling, but the best were Pakenham's.
Jeb
Sir Arthur served in this conflict and this tomb appears to give the "rebellious" Boars a fair accounting. Though I suspect they would likely take issue with at least the causes and actions that led to the conflict. The British decision to create "concentration" camps (CC) for Boar wifes and children, as an inducement to break the will of the fighters, was deplorable. It arguably worked to some degree but the poorly administered camps led to astonishly high mortality overshadowed only by the Nazi CC of WWII. Sir Arthur is an excellent story teller and this book attests to his skill as a credible historian as well.
Broadcaster
Whenever you write a book about the Boer War it will be compared to the great works of Packenham and Farwell. This is an incredibly detailed and scholarly study. Sadly it is a little "dry" and does not have the impact of the other two author's works.

That is of no importance to me and others who seek depth of history of this time. However if you are looking for a great fast-moving epic like "Goodbye Dolly Grey" then you will find this a little too fiber-filled!

Sir Arthur is however unique in that he really tries to illustrate the complexity, power, God-fearing, independent, tough, and woefully stubborn character of the Boer. He does this with wonderful fairness and class. It was easier to understand why this motley bunch of farmers with great weapons, rapid mobility, decent leadership and dedication could make such fools of 5 or 6 of the then top 10 British generals ... especially the darling of the Victorian age Sir Redvers "Reverse" Buller VC. Who at times seemed to be losing the war against himself ... never mind the Boers!

"Remember Majuba Tommy!"

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