n Historia - Striking collection provides worm's eye view of imperial war
Letters from Ladysmith: Eyewitness Accounts from the South African War, Edward Spiers (Ed.) : book review

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Edward Spiers, a leading historian of Britain's Victorian army and Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Leeds, provided a taste of in this self-same journal not too long ago. In issue 1 of volume 55 (2010), his "The Learning Curve in the South African War: Soldiers' Perspectives", focused on providing, among other useful things, a worm's-eye view of the conditions and costs of General Sir Redvers Buller's blundering Natal campaign against invading Boer republican forces. As common Victorian colonial campaigns went - straightforward conquest or the swift repelling of upstart insurgents - the Natal theatre was altogether another case, anything but what Rudyard Kipling was fond of calling "a scrimmage".

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