Tuesday, 30 June 2009
The Boer War
This one was by David Smurthwaite, and it was very good--one of the best on the topic that I've found. Comprehensive, and it didn't have any horrible patronising bits where the author explained why all previous historians have got it horribly wrong and their theory is the best. Because it was composed almost exclusively of source material, written by those who were there at the time, in the form of letters and diary entries. Fascinating, and laden with pictures that highlighted various aspects of the struggle. Even better, it didn't just cover the fighting and the military stuff. There was all sorts in there, and it followed the whole course of the war. Where it was narrated, it was more to provide the context of the letters/documents included, and it flowed surprisingly well given that it was made up of dozens and dozens of composite bits.