The Great Boer War: 120th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
A new edition of Arthur Conan-Doyle's classic account of the Second Anglo-Boer War, originally published in 1901. Now completely reset and updated with 194 new footnotes explaining terms, personalities, and events to the present-day reader, in addition to all 19 original footnotes by the author.
This edition also benefits from three appendices detailing total military casualties on both sides; a short review of the Boer prisoner of war camps in the Caribbean, the island of St. Helena, Ceylon and India; and finally, a comprehensive overview of the British concentration camps and their effect upon the Boer population.
Lavishly illustrated with 91 rare photographs, Conan-Doyle's work remains the standard by which all other accounts of the conflict are measured. Compiled by the author while serving as a medical doctor in Bloemfontein, the book starts by covering the origin of the Boer republics, and their dealings with the British and other emigrants on the Rand which laid the foundation of the casus belli.
From there it moves onto a fast-moving and factual account of the various battles and campaigns which saw initial British defeats turned into rapid advances into the Boer heartlands. The expected Boer surrender then never materialised, and the conflict devolved into a hard-fought guerrilla war which saw nearly twice as many British troops deployed into the Boer republics as the latter's entire population: men, women, and children combined.
A riveting story which has lost none of its drama in the past century, and whose reverberations can still be felt to the present day.
This special anniversary edition is lavishly illustrated with 91 rare photographs and two maps.