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Title:The Anglo-Boer War in a century of peace
Author:Schmidl, Erwin A.ISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Anglo-Boer wars
military sociology
Abstract:From a South African perspective the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 appears to have been singularly important. Few wars had comparable effects on the population, the economy, or the cultural heritage of the country. Looking at this war from a wider perspective, however, it acquires a different, and perhaps less prominent role. This article discusses some of the military aspects of this war, and then presents an overview of the evolution of the international system in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It examines how this war fits into both the military and political developments of the 'century of peace' between 1815 and 1914. The author is convinced that the Anglo-Boer War was not a singular phenomenon, different from the other wars of its time. Rather, it was one of several 'wars of transition', fought in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all introducing various elements which together would gain importance in World War I of 1914-1918. Thereby, it foreshadowed developments of the 20th century, including the tragic consequences of 'total war' policies employed during the guerrilla phase of the war, but even in these aspects it was not untypical of its time. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]