The Boer War, or Anglo-Boer War, is also known as the South African War of 1899-1902. In this war, Britain invaded two small republics in southern Africa to incorporate them into its grand Empire. Britain eventually prevailed, but had to overcome much greater resistance than expected.

This site contains essays and other information about the Boer War by the site owner, Dr Robert Eales. The materials were originally prepared for other purposes, for example, for presentation at history conferences.

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Are there lessons we should have learned from a war we have almost forgotten?

 An essay on the origins of the war, its consequences and the relevance for our time.  


The work of Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War

A brief review of the activities of this remarkable and courageous woman.



Morant, the expendable icon

A review of the arguments for and against a posthumous pardon for ‘Breaker’ Morant, an English soldier court-martialled and executed during the war.


Recent photographs of subjects relevant to the Boer War


A detailed chronology of the Boer War 

Robert Eales

Brief biographical information about the site owner. 

Last site update: 9 September 2016

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