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Black People and the South African War 1899–1902

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Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521272247

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  • The South African War was a costly and bitterly contested struggle. It was fought in a region populated by five million people, four million of whom were black. This is the first history of the war to focus upon the wartime experiences of black people, and to examine the war in the context of a complex and rapidly changing colonial society increasingly shaped, but not yet transformed, by mining capital. The ways in which the war influenced the lives and livelihoods of different sections of the black population are studied - from chiefs and newspaper editors to peasant farmers and artisans, to farm tenants and industrial workers. Dr Warwick shows that black people were far more than either spectators to, or passive victims of, a white man's quarrel, and presents a thorough revision of accepted views on the war. He reveals the vital roles performed by black people in both the British and Boer armies, and shows how the regular and irregular participation of blacks exercised an influence upon the course of war.

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    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521272247
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.368kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and tables
    Preface
    A note on orthography
    Introduction
    1. Myth of a white man's war
    2. Mafikeng and beyond
    3. An encircling struggle
    4. The Zulu's war
    5. Allies and neutrals
    6. The war in the Cape
    7. Black workers
    8. Refugees
    9. Aftermath
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter Warwick

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