Tag Archives: The Boer War

great gamesman: the spy on scout’s honor

…For the prototype of the modern gamesman-spy, we would have to look back to pre-World War One England and the unlikely figure of Lord Robert Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell, who later founded the international Boy Scout movement, was a spy of such … Continue reading

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the wild bunch

Meet America’s Salafist weirdos and version of the Muslim Brotherhood, D.W. Griffith chapter. Its birth of a nation time.Or a Rocky Horror Picture Show time warp. Obviously, being a racist jerk still must be a vote-getter back in the deep … Continue reading

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learning from the best

Just to advise that the Nazi version of the death camp, the forced labor camp, did not insidiously arise out of thin air, out of a vacuum. The precedent had already been well established; the mold in large measure a … Continue reading

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not a race to the exits: nagging misgivings

The War dragged on and a mood of disillusionment set in on both sides. For the Boers, it was the despondency of failure, but even more profound were the cracks in the foundation of what had been bedrock principle for … Continue reading

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it doesn’t matter anymore: the empire trudges on

Nothing was quite the same after the same after the peace treaty of Vereeniging in 1902. The British won the war, of course, but the protracted guerrilla campaign, the sordid anti-climax of it all, the thousands of death on both … Continue reading

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boer’n again but not so free

A ruinous price of victory. The British victory over the Boers more closely resembled defeat. It was the war that broke the imperial spirit… From many parts of the world young men volunteered to fight with the Boers: Germans, Frenchmen, … Continue reading

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boer’ing down on fatal doubt

The Boer War. A war that broke the imperial spirit which in the end, the victory of the British more closely resembled defeat. It was a war of striking personalities, forcefully imposed upon events. The story of the Boer War … Continue reading

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boer’ed to death

The Boer War. It was the war that broke the imperial spirit. They got their gold and followed Cecil Rhodes financial intuition, dressed up some moral imperative, but in the end, after one colonial force defeated another on alien soil, … Continue reading

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the empire slinks back

Such was the spirit of the soldiers of the British Empire going to war against the Boers in the autumn of 1899: cocky after a century of victories, secure in their tribal jokes and customs, confident in their leaders, anxious … Continue reading

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boer war: two wrongs make a fight

Autumn 1899. The Boer farmer-soldiers against a properly fitted out professional army. For the British it was the war that broke the imperial spirit that had served it so admirably. In the end, the British victory over the Boers closely … Continue reading

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