VICTORIAN COLONIAL WARFARE – AFRICA : FROM THE CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE KAFFIRS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR.

Featherstone, Donald.


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1st ed., 1992. 160 pp., photo-ills., ills., + maps. D.j., 28 x 22cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w FINE. The ‘small war’ was a particularly Victorian concern and this was especially evident in Africa where small wars came in three distinct types : campaigns of conquest or annexation, such as the 1879 campaign against Cetshwayo’s Zulu Impis ; campaigns for the suppression of an insurrection, such as those in East and West Africa where many campaigns began as simple expeditions and ended by bringing vast territories under British rule ; campaigns to avenge an insult, designed to impose control without annexing territory, the Abyssinian Expedition of 1868 being a typical example. The author, an acknowledged expert on colonial warfare, writes a vivid account of the small wars in Africa, drawing heavily on the letters and first-hand reports of those who were there.


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