n Journal for Contemporary History - Preface




One hundred and ten years ago the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) raged in what today is called the Republic of South Africa. The 110th commemoration of this far-reaching and traumatic conflict naturally does not evoke as much interest as the 100th commemoration of a decade ago did, but it is still appropriate that there should once more - also from an academic viewpoint - be given account of the events that were enacted in South Africa during the years 1899 to 1902. For this reason strategic and military aspects of the war, internment (concentration) and other camps, the role played during the war by someone like Deneys Reitz, legal issues and the way the war was reflected in Portuguese historiography are given attention to in this special edition of the . In conclusion, the Anglo-Boer War is discussed in the context of other wars that have raged in Southern Africa.


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