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The Victorian Soldier in Africa

Edward M. Spiers


This book re-examines the campaign experience of British soldiers in Africa during the period 1874–1902—the zenith of the Victorian imperial expansion—and does so from the perspective of the regimental soldier. The book utilises a number of letters and diaries, written by regimental officers and other ranks, to allow soldiers to speak for themselves about their experience of colonial warfare. The sources demonstrate the adaptability of the British army in fighting in different climates, over demanding terrain and against a diverse array of enemies. They also uncover soldiers' responses to army ... More

Keywords: British soldiers, Africa, Victorian imperial expansion, regimental soldier, new war technologies, diaries, regimental officers, colonial warfare, British army, army reforms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780719061219
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward M. Spiers, author