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Witnesses to War Personal Documents of the Anglo-Boer War edited by K Schoeman. First edition.

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First edition. Human & Rousseau, 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good / as newNot printed with a jacket but cover folds over.'Witness to War'2000-10-19 15:33Edited by Karel SchoemanWitnesses to War describes the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 in the words of the men and women who experienced it.As the editor, Karel Schoeman, puts it, it is an account of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.For most of the people involved, it must be remembered, the war was not a matter of heroics, but of continuing their daily lives as best they could against a background of actual or potential violence or danger.The anthology consists of extracts from the diaries, letters and reports of 47 individual authors, all taken from the manuscripts held by the South African Library, and is illustrated with 75 black and white photographs. It is a unique record of a major event in modern South African history, and at the same time graphically illustrates the wide range of original material held by the national reference library of South Africa.Because of the scale of the operations, their effect on the country as a whole and the number of people involved, a large number of documents relating to the Anglo-Boer War have inevitably found their way to the South African Library. Schoeman, whose knowledge of conventional history and skills as an iconographer have been demonstrated by various previous publications, can be replied upon to help his readers gain valuable information from a representative selection of this material.About The Author:Karel Schoeman is not only a leading novelist whose novels have met with great critical acclaim in the original Afrikaans and in translation, but he also holds a major position in South African histiography. His extensive oeuvre numbers some 70 published works.
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