n Historia - The Scandinavian Corps in the Second Anglo-Boer War




The short-lived Scandinavian Corps, like so much else in the annals of the Second Anglo-Boer, was unquestionably of little military significance, yet it nevertheless merits scholarly attention as an expression of minorities within certain European immigrant groups who felt strongly enough about the republican cause to risk, and iv.in many cases, lose, their lives for it. In terms of their varied and inconsistent attitudes towards the Boers and British alike, as well as their accounts of their lives as combatants and prisoners, the Nordic pro-Boers left their mark on the ethnic and military history of the pluralistic society of which they chose to be a part. The Scandinavians in question entered the war from an oblique angle, and their saga is thus but one of the many perspectives which must be included in historians' ever-widening perception of that conflict.

Die rol van Skandinawiërs in die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902) word dikwels uitgesonder as een van buitengewone betekenis in die stryd tussen die twee Boererepublieke van Transvaal en die Oranje-Vrystaat. In die studie voer die skrywer aan dat die Skandinawiërs in Suid-Afrika nie dit almal eens was oor wie hulle moes steun nie. Tog het die Nordiese pro-Boere - die Skandinawiese korps - wat hul lot saam met die Boere ingegooi het, 'n bepaalde stempel op die etniese en militêre geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika afgedruk. Die betrokke Skandinawiërs het bykans onopsigtelik tot die oorlog toegetree en hul sage is een van vele wat in historici se evaluering van die oorlog in ag geneem behoort te word.


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