n Historia - An important contribution to the early history of the Transvaal Republic
Serpa Pinto amongst Boer and Brit: His Travels through the Transvaal and Natal, 1879, O.J.O. Ferreira : book review

Volume 60, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



The First Transvaal War of Independence (1880-1881) and the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) amazingly continue to ignite a steady stream of publications. It seems that the interest in the two wars in South Africa over the last two decades of the nineteenth century remains high. The interesting aspect is that there has also been an apparent shift from more detailed, comprehensive accounts of the two southern African wars to publications dealing with specific or individual aspects of these wars. Such individual experiences or accounts were oftentimes made by incidental observers on the periphery of the conflict and they offer intriguing, fresh perspectives on the events themselves or the developments leading up to the conflicts.

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