The Boer War Assembled
Denis Judd on a collection of essays on the South African War
The South African War: the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, General Editor Peter Warwick
(Longman, London, 1980)
Within the last year and a half, three British publications have finally done justice to the complexities of the great Boer War of 1899-1902. In 1979 Thomas Pakenham published The Boer War to almost universal critical acclaim; a reception based not only upon the author's prose style and painstaking research, but also on the apparently 'new' material that the book contained. Then there was Private Tucker's Boer War Diary: a micro-view of the conflict. Now Longman have produced The South African War, edited by Professor Peter Warwick, and consisting of seventeen contributions by various authorities.