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Writing a wider war - Rethinking gender, race, and identity in South African War, 1899 - 1902 (Paperback): Greg Cuthbertson,... Writing a wider war - Rethinking gender, race, and identity in South African War, 1899 - 1902 (Paperback)
Greg Cuthbertson, Albert Grundlingh, Mary-Lynn Suttie
R290 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R41 (14%) In stock

Writing a Wider War presents a dramatically new interpretation of the role of Boer women in the conflict and profoundly changes how we look at the making of Afrikaner nationalism. African experiences of the war are also examined, highlighting racial subjugation in the context of colonial war and black participation, and showcasing important new research by African historians. The collection includes a reassessment of British imperialism and probing essays on J. A. Hobson; the masculinist nature of life on commando among Boer soldiers; Anglo-Jewry; secularism; health and medicine; nursing, women, and disease in the concentration camps; and the rivalry between British politicians and generals. An examination of the importance of the South African War in contemporary British political economy, and the part played by imperial propaganda, rounds off a thoroughly groundbreaking reinterpretation of this formative event in South Africa's history.

Recce - Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines (Paperback): Koos Stadler Recce - Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines (Paperback)
Koos Stadler
R290 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R41 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Shrouded in secrecy due to the covert nature of their work, the legendary Recces have fascinated South Africans for years. Now one of these elite soldiers has written a tell-all book about the extraordinary missions he embarked on and the nail-biting action he experienced in the Border War.

Shortly after passing the infamously gruelling Special Forces selection course in the early 1980s, Koos Stadler joined the so-called Small Teams group at 5 Reconnaissance Regiment. This subunit was made up of two-man teams and was responsible for numerous secret and highly dangerous missions deep behind enemy lines. With only one team member, Stadler was sent to blow up railway lines and enemy fighter jets in the south of Angola. As he crawled into and out of enemy-infested territory, he stared death in the face many times.

A gripping firsthand account that reveals the near superhuman physical and psychological powers these Special Forces operators have to display.

A Concise Dictionary Of The Boer War (Paperback): Brian Johnson Barker A Concise Dictionary Of The Boer War (Paperback)
Brian Johnson Barker
R77 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R5 (6%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The South African War, popularly known as the Boer War, is memorable for many reasons. It was a final act to the great European scramble for colonies in Africa, and unique in that it saw the colonizing power making near-modern war on a group of white Africans. It was, however, not solely an affair between Boer and Briton. Indeed, one of the ironies of what was officially regarded as a "white man's war" is to be found in the numbers of black Africans who were also caught up in its violence, as both participants and victims. A century later we can more clearly see, recount and analyze events that have often been distorted or barely acknowledged.;This reference work starts with a chronology of South Africa from pre-colonial times to 1994, followed by a synopsis of the main events of the war. This serves as a convenient point of departure for exploring the more than 320 alphabetical entries that form the heart of the book.;These deal not only with the main personalities, places and events of the war but also with such general topics as the role of black people in the conflict, blockhouses, casualties, horses, infantry, medals, photography, railways, soldiers, spies, war artists, war correspondents, and weapons. A system of cross-referencing allows the reader easy access to related topics. There are four maps showing Southern Africa at the turn of the century, and an index to subjects which do not have separate entries.

Nein! - Standing Up to Hitler 1935-1944 (Hardcover, Epub Edition): Paddy Ashdown Nein! - Standing Up to Hitler 1935-1944 (Hardcover, Epub Edition)
Paddy Ashdown 1
R587 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R188 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From bestselling and prize-winning author Paddy Ashdown, a revelatory new history of German opposition to Hitler. `Ashdown has a great gift for narrative history. He unearths little known stories and places them in context with great dexterity. His new book throws fresh and important light on a crucial topic.' JONATHAN DIMBLEBY In his last days, Adolf Hitler raged in his bunker that he had been betrayed by his own people, defeated from the inside. In part, he was right. By 1945, his armies were being crushed on all fronts, his regime collapsing with many fleeing retribution for their crimes. Yet, even before the war started, there were Germans very high in Hitler's command committed to bringing about his death and defeat. Paddy Ashdown tells, for the first time, the story of those at the very top of Hitler's Germany who tried first to prevent the Second World War and then to deny Hitler victory. Based on newly released files, the repeated attempts of the plotters to warn the Allies about Hitler's plans are revealed. Key strands to the book's narrative lie with the actions of Abwehr head Admiral Wilhelm Canaris to frustrate Hitler's policies once the war had started; the plots to kill Hitler and, finally the systematic passage of key German military secrets to London, Washington and Moscow through MI6, the OSS (fore-runner to the CIA) and the "Lucy Ring" Russian spy network based in Switzerland. From 1943 onwards, concerted efforts were made to strike a separate peace with the West to shorten the war and prevent eastern Europe falling under the Soviet yoke. What is revealed is that the anti-Hitler bomb plots, which have received so much attention are, in fact only a small part of a much wider story; one in which those at the highest levels of the German state used every means possible - conspiracy, assassination, espionage - to ensure that, for the sake of the long-term reputation of their country and the survival of liberal and democratic values, Hitler could not be allowed to win the war. It is a matter of record that the European Union we have today and the nature and central position of Germany within it, is, in very large measure, the future envisaged by the plotters and for which they gave their lives.

Diplomasie En Politiek - Die Pers, Die Boererepublieke En Duitsland Tydens Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, English,... Diplomasie En Politiek - Die Pers, Die Boererepublieke En Duitsland Tydens Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, English, Paperback)
Ulrich Van der Heyden
R20 Discovery Miles 200 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days
The Life and Treason of Benedict Arnold (Paperback): Jared Sparks The Life and Treason of Benedict Arnold (Paperback)
Jared Sparks
R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Dear Sue - The letters of Bessie Collins from Pretoria during the Anglo-Boer War (Hardcover): Bridget Theron Dear Sue - The letters of Bessie Collins from Pretoria during the Anglo-Boer War (Hardcover)
Bridget Theron; Edited by Bridget Theron
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 In stock
Gedenkboek van M.J. de Jager (1872-1939) - Boerekryger, staatsartilleris en militer (Afrikaans, Hardcover): M.J. De Jager Gedenkboek van M.J. de Jager (1872-1939) - Boerekryger, staatsartilleris en militer (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
M.J. De Jager; Translated by A P Smit
R48 Discovery Miles 480 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Met die uitbreek van die Anglo-Boereoorlog in 1899 vertrek MJ de Jager as luitenant van die Staatsartillerie van die ZAR na die Natalse front. Hy onderskei homself tydens die veldslae by Modderspruit, Colenso, Ladysmith en Platrand. Na die slag van Donkerhoek op 11 Junie 1900 neem hy vir anderhalfjaar deel aan die guerillafase van die Anglo-Boereoorlog. Op 26 Januarie 1902 word hy in die distrik Ermelo gevange geneem en na St. Helena verban. Hy sit sy militêre loopbaan in die Transvaalse Polisie en die Unie-verdedigingsmag voort. Na die Suidwes-veldtog word hy hoof van die Unie-besettingsmag in die destydse Suidwes-Afrika en vestig hom op ’n plaas naby Windhoek. Hy word uiteindelik tot generaal bevorder, maar sy roemryke loopbaan word deur sy skielike dood in 1939 kortgeknip. De Jager se oorspronklike “Gedenkboek” het ook ’n veelbewoë geskiedenis en word nou vir die eerste keer gepubliseer nadat dit naelskraaps aan die aanslae van vuur en rysmiere ontkom het en daarná vir 60 jaar jaloers deur sy familie bewaar is.

The War Letters of an English Burgher (Hardcover): Reggie Mostyn Cleaver, Marguerite De Fenton The War Letters of an English Burgher (Hardcover)
Reggie Mostyn Cleaver, Marguerite De Fenton
R58 Discovery Miles 580 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days
To the Bitter End - A Photographic History of the Boer War 1899 1902 (Hardcover): Emanoel Lee To the Bitter End - A Photographic History of the Boer War 1899 1902 (Hardcover)
Emanoel Lee
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Hostilities between Britain and the Boer republics broke out just two years after the invention of the Folding Pocket Kodak, the first camera to use “cartridge film” and that could be afforded by ordinary men, such as troops serving in foreign territories. Emmanoel Lee’s interest in South Africa’s history and his passion for photography are combined in this valuable pictorial history of the Boer War, which is the result of twenty years’ research in Britain, South Africa, Holland and the USA. 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 a clear and evocative picture of the war.

Viva os Boers! - Boeregeinterneerdes in Portugal tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899-1902 (Afrikaans, Hardcover): O.J.O. Ferreira Viva os Boers! - Boeregeinterneerdes in Portugal tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899-1902 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
O.J.O. Ferreira
R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days
Innovation and Liberalization in the European Defence Sector - A Small Country Perspective (Hardcover): Fulvio Castellacci,... Innovation and Liberalization in the European Defence Sector - A Small Country Perspective (Hardcover)
Fulvio Castellacci, Arne Fevolden
R1,699 Discovery Miles 16 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Traditionally, the EU defence sector has been fragmented into several weakly integrated and highly protected domestic markets which often leads to the duplication of innovative efforts, rising production costs and an overall lack of competitiveness. This book investigates the ongoing liberalization of the European defence market and explores how companies can respond to these changes by adjusting their innovation and internationalization strategies. Using a variety of methods including case studies, econometric analyses and agent-based modelling, the authors reveal that liberalization will provide new and relevant opportunities for European defence companies. However, any potential benefits will only be realized if private firms perceive that a full and well-coordinated implementation process is in place. As a whole, the book provides an original assessment of innovation policy in the context of EU defence and security market liberalization. In addition to those studying innovation, European and security studies, this unique book is an indispensible reference for practitioners and policy makers dealing with EU defence and security market liberalization.

Pretoria en die Anglo-Boereoorlog - 'n Gids tot geboue, terreine, grafte en monumente/Pretoria and the Anglo-Boer War / A... Pretoria en die Anglo-Boereoorlog - 'n Gids tot geboue, terreine, grafte en monumente/Pretoria and the Anglo-Boer War / A Guide of Buildings, Terrains, Graves and Monuments (Afrikaans, English, Paperback)
P.J. Greyling
R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Hierdie gids bied die besoeker of belangstellende die geleentheid om al die plekke in Pretoria en omgewing wat op die een of ander wyse 'n verbintenis met die Anglo-Boereoorlog gehad het, te besoek. 'n Kort agtergrondskets word oor elke plek en die betrokke historiese figure gegee. Plekke wat naby mekaar le, is in afdelings saamgegroepeer. Tesame met die kaarte en kleurfoto's behoort dit maklik te wees om enige besondere plek te vind.

Why America Loses Wars - Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present (Hardcover): Donald Stoker Why America Loses Wars - Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present (Hardcover)
Donald Stoker
R581 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

How can you achieve victory in war if you don't have a clear idea of your political objectives and a vision of what victory means? In this provocative challenge to US policy and strategy, Donald Stoker argues that America endures endless wars because its leaders no longer know how to think about war, particularly limited wars. He reveals how ideas on limited war and war in general evolved against the backdrop of American conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. These ideas, he shows, were flawed and have undermined America's ability to understand, wage, and win its wars, and to secure peace afterwards. America's leaders have too often taken the nation to war without understanding what they want or valuing victory, leading to the 'forever wars' of today. Why America Loses Wars dismantles seventy years of misguided thinking and lays the foundations for a new approach to the wars of tomorrow.

To the Fire of Normandy and Beyond - Behind Enemy Lines During World War II (Paperback): Frank Kozol To the Fire of Normandy and Beyond - Behind Enemy Lines During World War II (Paperback)
Frank Kozol
R410 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R75 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Patton's Photographs - War as He Saw it (Hardcover): Kevin Hymel Patton's Photographs - War as He Saw it (Hardcover)
Kevin Hymel; Photographs by George S. Patton; Foreword by Martin Blumenson
R764 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R174 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

While researching an article on Gen. George S. Patton, Kevin M. Hymel made an astonishing discovery. Browsing the Library of Congress's Patton index, he found lists of photo albums. Opening one, he found photos Patton himself took during World War II, a gold mine of historical photographs of which even Blumenson, Patton's official biographer, was unaware.Patton photographed everything that interested him and produced tableaux of the battlefields of North Africa, Sicily, and continental Europe. For Patton, history was everything, and his Leica camera-standard issue for reporters and historians in the U.S. Army-ensured he could provide historians an accurate depiction of events, free from interpretation. His photographs depict the victorious face of war, with GIs on the move, military bridges under construction, and tanks slicing through the countryside. They show defeat as well-smashed German tanks, prisoners of war, and bodies strewn across the landscape. Moreover, they provide a record of where Patton fought, showcasing historic sights and the different terrain from North Africa to Europe. Now, for the first time, many of Patton's personal photographs are presented in one book for the reader to observe history as Patton saw it. Hymel provides background information and captions for the photographs and occasionally uses Patton's own words to describe the sights. Patton claimed his hobby once saved his life. Stopping to take a photograph in Italy, he witnessed a salvo of German shells exploding on the roadway up ahead, where he likely would have been had he not stopped. With "Patton's Photographs," readers can now view that life during the war through the eye of one of America's greatest commanders.

Die Geskiedenis van die tweede vryheidsoorlog (Afrikaans, Hardcover): J.H. Breytenbach Die Geskiedenis van die tweede vryheidsoorlog (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
J.H. Breytenbach
R995 R888 Discovery Miles 8 880 Save R107 (11%) Shipped within 10 - 15 working days
Gaslands: Refuelled - Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular Mayhem (Hardcover): Mike Hutchinson Gaslands: Refuelled - Post-Apocalyptic Vehicular Mayhem (Hardcover)
Mike Hutchinson
R457 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R110 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Shoot, ram, skid, and loot your way through the ruins of civilisation with Gaslands: Refuelled, the tabletop miniature wargame of post-apocalyptic vehicular mayhem. With all-new material including expanded and enhanced perks, sponsors, vehicle types, and weapons. Gaslands: Refuelled contains everything a budding wasteland warrior needs to build and customise their fleet of vehicles in this harsh post-apocalyptic future. With a host of options for scenarios, environmental effects, and campaigns, players can create their own anarchic futures.

Shooting the Messenger - The Political Impact of War Reporting (Paperback): Paul Moorcraft, Philip M. Taylor Shooting the Messenger - The Political Impact of War Reporting (Paperback)
Paul Moorcraft, Philip M. Taylor
R352 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R93 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As the literature on military-media relations grows, it is informed by antagonism either from journalists who report on wars or from ex-soldiers in their memoirs. Academics who attempt more judicious accounts rarely have any professional military or media experience.A working knowledge of the operational constraints of both professions underscores "Shooting the Messenger." A veteran war correspondent and think tank director, Paul L. Moorcraft has served in the British Ministry of Defence, while historian-by-training Philip M. Taylor is a professor of international communications who has lectured widely to the U.S. military and at NATO institutions. Some of the topics they examine in this wide-ranging history of military-media relations are: the interface between soldiers and civilian reporters covering conflicts the sometimes grey area between reporters right or need to know and the operational security constraints imposed by the military the military 's manipulation of journalists who accept it as a trade-off for safer battlefield access the resultant gap between images of war and their reality the evolving nature of media technology and the difficulties and opportunities this poses to the military journalistic performance in reporting conflict as an observer or a participantMoorcraft and Taylor provide a bridge over which each side can pass and a path to mutual understanding.

Bearing Arms for His Majesty - The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Paperback, Lte): Ben Vinson Bearing Arms for His Majesty - The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Paperback, Lte)
Ben Vinson
R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This study uses the participation of free colored men, whether mulatos, pardos, or morenos (i.e., Afro-Spaniards, Afro-Indians, or "pure blacks"), in New Spain's militias as a prism for examining race relations, racial identity, racial categorization, and issues of social mobility for racially stigmatized groups in colonial Mexico. By 1793, nearly 10 percent of New Spain's population was made up of people who could trace some African ancestry-people subject to more legal disabilities and social discrimination than mestizos, who in turn fell below white creoles, who in turn fell below the Spanish-born, in the stratified and caste-like society of colonial Spanish America.The originality of this study lies in approaching race via a single, important institution, the military, rather than via abstractions or examples taken from particular regions or single runs of legal documents. By exploring the lives of tens of thousands of part-time and full-time free colored soldiers, who served the colony as volunteers or conscripts, and by adopting a multi-regional approach, the author is able not only to show how military institutions evolved with reference to race and vice versa, but to do so in a manner that reveals discontinuities and regional differences as well as historical trends. He also is able to examine black lives beyond the institution of slavery and to achieve a more nuanced impression of the meaning of freedom in colonial times.From the 1550s on, free colored forces figured prominently in the colony's military forces, and units of free colored soldiers evolved with increasing autonomy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The author concludes, however, that the Bourbon reforms of the 1760s-which clearly expanded the military establishment and the role of Spanish soldiers born in the New World-came at the expense of free colored companies, which experienced a reduction in both numbers and institutional privileges.

Soldiering in the Shadow of Wounded Knee - The 1891 Diary of Private Hartford G. Clark, Sixth U.S. Cavalry (Hardcover,... Soldiering in the Shadow of Wounded Knee - The 1891 Diary of Private Hartford G. Clark, Sixth U.S. Cavalry (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Hartford G Clark; Edited by Jerome A. Greene
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
War and the Media - A Random Searchlight (Hardcover): John Stanier, Miles Hudson War and the Media - A Random Searchlight (Hardcover)
John Stanier, Miles Hudson
R1,987 Discovery Miles 19 870 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

During the Gulf war, news of the conflict was virtually harnessed by the American-led alliance. Yet, when U.S. soldiers moved on Somalia without resistance, their landing was lent a surreal quality by hordes of journalists filming their every maneuver. In this age of instant communication, wars are often defined by their coverage, as with Vietnam; yet the symbiosis between warriors and journalists has a long history.

War and the Media provides a sweeping overview of how the media has covered international conflicts in this century. Devoting each of the book's twelve chapters to a particular conflict, from the world wars to Vietnam, the Falklands, the Gulf War, and the Balkans, Miles Hudson and John Stanier here trace the evolution of the often contentious and always dramatic role of the media in twentieth-century military campaigns.

Op St. Helena Vol Van Hartepyn - Die Oorlogskuns Van Erich Mayer (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Celestine Pretorius Op St. Helena Vol Van Hartepyn - Die Oorlogskuns Van Erich Mayer (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Celestine Pretorius
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Die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899-1902 (Afrikaans, Paperback, Reissue): Fransjohan Pretorius Die Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899-1902 (Afrikaans, Paperback, Reissue)
Fransjohan Pretorius
R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

This concise history of the Anglo-Boer War, a prize-winning work which was originally written in Afrikaans, is the ideal book for those who want an overview of the military fortunes of the two warring parties. Now richly provided with maps and illustrations, it is still one of the most accurate short histories of this important three-year war. The author, GD Scholtz, was a Afrikaner historian of great stature, who saw the Anglo-Boer War as a struggle for liberation, a fight for Boer freedom and independence. His original text has here been sensitively translated into English by historian Bridget Theron, who is a lecturer at the University of South Africa.

The Future of Africa - A New Order in Sight (Paperback): Jeffrey Herbst, Greg Mills The Future of Africa - A New Order in Sight (Paperback)
Jeffrey Herbst, Greg Mills
R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In an age of unprecedented world-wide prosperity, forty per cent of Africa's 600 million people exist on less than US $1 per day, and a third of its 53 states are affected by conflict.
The African Union (AU) is intended, in part, to mark a new beginning where Africans are more focused on the current issues they confront. In particular, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has been hailed by African leaders as an important new initiative in development that asks the Africans themselves to assume responsibility for fostering democracy, good governance, and conflict resolution.
Now is therefore an appropriate time to examine the prospects for African development and conflict resolution. Does NEPAD represent an approach that could at least provide some hope to ending Africa's poor economic performance and does it and the AU represent a new approach towards conflict resolution? Will NEPAD have a marked impact on the quality of political, economic and corporate governance in Africa? Or are NEPAD and the AU just two more grand proposals destined to die rather quickly?
This book provides a brief review of African development and security over the past three decades. It assesses the progress made by South Africa since 1994 and describes current Western approaches to Africa with a focus on how much opportunity these stances provide for countries south of the Sahara to develop comprehensive new ideas to address their problems. The book reviews NEPAD and the AU to gauge the potential of these initiatives to take advantage of Western policies and to address Africa's structural problems. It suggests what must be done for African countries to reverse their growth and security trajectories by asking if any African country will establish the prerequisites for sustained high-level growth.

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