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An Imperfect Occupation: Enduring the South African War

John Boje


The South African War (1899–1902), also called the Boer War and Anglo-Boer War, began as a conventional conflict. It escalated into a savage irregular war fought between the two Boer republics and a British imperial force that adopted a scorched-earth policy and used concentration camps to break the will of Afrikaner patriots and Boer guerrillas. This book delves into the agonizing choices faced by Winburg district residents during the British occupation. Afrikaner men fought or evaded combat or collaborated; Afrikaner women fled over the veld or submitted to life in the camps; and black Afric ... More

Keywords: concentration camps, South African War, Boer War, Anglo-Boer War, Boers, neutrality, Afrikaner identity, British occupation, Winburg, collaboration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039560
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Boje, author
St. Alban's College