Soldiers and settlers in Africa, 1850-1918 [electronic resource] /
edited by by Stephen M. Miller.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
xiii, 339 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
9004177515 (hardback : alk. paper), 9789004177512 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009.
9004177515 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004177512 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-07-01:
This excellent collection of research essays examines the impact of soldiers, whether African or of European descent, on the history of Africa in the period. The focus is on southern Africa, though there is an interesting chapter on the press coverage of the Ashanti War by Ian Beckett, an intriguing account by John Laband of the failure to settle German mercenaries in the Cape, and a historiographic study by Bruce Vandervort that debunks the myth of the German Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck as the great master of guerrilla warfare in the fighting in East Africa during WW I. The opening essay is a masterly analysis by Tim Stapleton of the motivations and effectiveness of the Fingo (Mfengu) people as stalwart allies of the British in the 19th century. Laband and Paul Thompson continue the theme of African military participation against other Africans in their essays, and Bill Nasson tackles the neglected story of Africans who fought against Britain in the Boer War. The authors are a truly international bunch, drawn from universities in South Africa, Britain, Canada, and the US. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. E. Flint emeritus, Dalhousie University
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Description for Reader
All those interested in military history, African history, colonial history and the history of the British Empire.
Main Description
The essays in this volume concentrate on imperial conflict. Until recently, most historians of empire have concerned themselves with economic issues. More recently, scholarship has turned to social and cultural aspects of Empire. The role of the military, however, continues to be largely ignored. Historians have traditionally viewed the military as an arm of the civil power, an institution which did not create policy but faithfully obeyed the directives given to it. These essays show that indeed the military thought for itself: its officers made policy, introduced new strategies and tactics, and utilized the services of local settlers and indigenes to pursue the interests of empire, and the rank and file informed ideas in Great Britain concerning Africa and Africans.
Main Description
This book revisits some of the most significant guerrilla struggles of the late 19th century, all set in Africa, and remind readers, in light of current events, the difficulties involved in engaging in this type of conflict.

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