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Published: 31 December 2013

224 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719091278

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The Victorian soldier in Africa

Edward M. Spiers

Published by Manchester University Press

Studies in Imperialism MUP

  • Uses uncensored letters, diaries, articles and poems from Victorian soldiers in order to provide an in-depth account of what it was like to campaign in the distant and 'exotic' locations of Africa in the nineteenth century
  • Allows regimental officers and men to speak for themselves about their experiences, ranging over eight different campaigns from the Asante war (1873-4) to the South African War (1899-1902)
  • Gives insights into the thinking of ordinary soldiers about their campaign experience and battlefield encounters, how this thinking was conveyed to friends and family at home and also to the wider newspaper-reading public
  • Examines how soldiers responded to a period of intense reform in the army, such as the shift from long-service to short-service terms of enlistment, the abolition of purchase and flogging and the introduction of new weapons - machine guns, smokeless rifles and dum dum bullets
  • Provides commentary from regimental soldiers upon their commanding officers, notably Wolsely, Gordon, Kitchener and Buller, and political leaders such as Gladstone, alongside assessments of war correspondents, colonial auxiliaries and African natives

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