n Historia - To name a war : the war of 1899-1902
|Article Title||To name a war : the war of 1899-1902|
|© Publisher:||Historical Association of South Africa (HASA)|
|Publication Date||May 1999|
|Pages||101 - 109|
This year, on 11 October, it will be a hundred years since the war between the two Boer republics in South Africa and Great Britain erupted. Quite a few names have been used in the past with reference to this conflict. Today, in planning for the commemoration and with a new attention focused on this war, a sense of controversy surrounds the issue of a 'correct name'.
Through the centuries names for wars usually had a spontaneous origin among the people who were involved in a particular conflict. The name often differed from the official name given to the war.
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