Publisher description for Black people and the South African War, 1899-1902 / Peter Warwick.

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The South African War was a costly and bitterly contested struggle. It was fought in a region populated by five million people, four million of whom were black. This is the first history of the war to focus upon the wartime experiences of black people, and to examine the war in the context of a complex and rapidly changing colonial society increasingly shaped, but not yet transformed, by mining capital. The ways in which the war influenced the lives and livelihoods of different sections of the black population are studied - from chiefs and newspaper editors to peasant farmers and artisans, to farm tenants and industrial workers. Dr Warwick shows that black people were far more than either spectators to, or passive victims of, a white man's quarrel, and presents a thorough revision of accepted views on the war. He reveals the vital roles performed by black people in both the British and Boer armies, and shows how the regular and irregular participation of blacks exercised an influence upon the course of war.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
South African War, 1899-1902 -- Participation, Black.
South African War, 1899-1902 -- Blacks.
Blacks -- South Africa -- History -- 19th century.
Blacks -- South Africa -- History -- 20th century.