As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, our library has grown considerably overnight, owing to the generosity of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. One area in particular in which our own library was seriously lacking was in materials dealing with the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), popularly known as the Boer War. As this clip from the film, Breaker Morant aptly demonstrates, there was nothing at all boring about the Boer War. In fact, considering the recent controversies about alleged atrocities stemming from the Wikileaks disclosures about the on-going war in Afganistan, this century-old conflict between Britain’s imperial army and the guerilla fighters in South Africa seems to be more relevant than ever.

Prior to the Sharf’s most recent donation, our library had only a single volume or two on our shelves about this important colonial struggle. Now our library can boast of having more than 100 rare books, one-of-a-kind manuscripts, journals, diaries, and letters from soldiers, medical personnel, and war correspondents covering the bloody conflict.

~ by "The Chief" on July 31, 2010.

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