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Canada's Little War

Fighting for the British Empire in Southern Africa 1899-1902

By Carman Miller

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Series: Lorimer Illustrated History

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The Boer War in South Africa was Canada's first trial by fire.
The pre-eminent superpower of the day, Great Britain, had decided to wage one of its 'little wars' against two white Protestant, Dutch-speaking republics in southern Africa, who had declared their independence from all European empires. At stake was control of rich resources--gold and diamonds--and strategic advantage.
Canada was divided. Many Canadians wanted to see their country prove its loyalty to the Empire by sending troops to fight alongside the British. Others felt Canada had no quarrel with the Boers, and no justification for taking up arms against them and their much-demonized leader.
In the end, the Canadian government sent 7,000 Canadian troops to South Africa, to augment a British force 200,000 strong. Some contributed to conventional military victories; others became part of a horrifying 'dirty war,' where the British used scorched-earth tactics and created concentration camps that imprisoned women and children. Canadian experiences both home and abroad foreshadowed their experiences in the great conflagration to come, the First World War.


Map of South Africa
The War
The War of Words
The Canadian Contingent Crisis
The Canadian Contingent
The Public's War
Boredom of War
The Empire's Heroes
The Montreal Flag Riot
The Fractured Return
Fighting the Next War
No Surrender
Singing Their Own Canadian War Song
Canada's War

"Canada's Little War has a wealth of illustrations ranging from pictures of war artifacts, contemporary posters, portraits and photographs of soldiers and their uniforms."

- New Brunswick Reader

"Miller's brightly-illustrated and well-researched historical overview takes us Queen Victoria's swansong and the British war for control over southern Africa in the three-year long Boer War."

- Matthew Burrows The Republic

"This book is a must for the historian and the general reader. It is easy to read and understand and draws on most of the major issues and events of the era. It allows an appreciation of the origins of some of the debates facing Canadian defence and foreign policy makers today. I highly recommend this book."

- Bruce Poulin esprit de corps Canadian Military Then and Now

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 104 pages
Publication Date: 1st March 2006
ISBN: 9781550288056
Format: 9.13in x 8.25in
120 colour and black and white illustrations

Binding: Hardback, 104 pages
Publication Date: 27th October 2003
ISBN: 9781550288001
Format: 9in x 8.25in
120 colour and black and white illustrations

BISAC Code:  HIS006010, HIS027160
Imprint: Lorimer


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