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Book title: To the bitter end
Subtitle: A photographic history of the Boer War 1899–1902
Author: Emanoel Lee
Publisher: Protea Boekhuis
Hardcover, 19x25 cm, 536 pages, numerous bw photos, 4 maps, English
Emanoel Lee wrote his book in the 1980s, when apartheid policies still dominated South African life. He would have been fascinated by attempts to look at the war anew in the era of Nelson Mandela. By then, the aspirations both of British imperialists and the Boer republics had been thrown on the dustheap of history. Milner and Kruger were equally part of a world that vanished. Revisionist perspectives were emerging, notably on the unwritten experience of black Africans during a war fought between two white tribes.
Using these valuable and in some cases previously unpublished photographs, To the Bitter End emphasizes particular aspects of the Boer War – the foreign volunteers, the concentration camps, the hospital treatment and the eighteen months of fighting that went on after the war had officially ended – and matches photographic images with historical documents to give the clearest, most evocative picture of the war.