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Neutral Rights and Obligations in the Anglo-Boer War by Robert Granville Campbell is a comprehensive and deeply insightful analysis of the role and responsibilities of neutral nations during the Anglo-Boer War, providing an invaluable contribution to the understanding of international law during times of conflict.

Throughout the book, Campbell meticulously examines the legal framework that governed the behavior of neutral states during the war between the British Empire and the two Boer republics. Drawing upon a wide range of primary sources, including treaties, diplomatic correspondence, and legal opinions, the author offers a well-researched and compelling account of the rights and obligations of neutral nations, particularly focusing on Britain and the Boer republics.

One of the book's primary strengths lies in its systematic approach to the issue at hand. Campbell's organization and clarity of thought allow readers to easily navigate through the complex subject matter. The book is divided into specific sections that cover various aspects of neutrality, including the rights of neutrals, the treatment of neutral property, the legality of contraband, and the responsibilities of neutral governments. This structure ensures that readers can delve into specific topics of interest without feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information presented.

Moreover, Campbell's writing style is engaging and accessible, making even the most intricate legal arguments approachable for readers without a legal background. The author skillfully balances technical analysis with historical narratives and compelling anecdotes, breathing life into what could otherwise be considered a dry and abstract subject matter. This approach helps to create a captivating read that keeps readers engaged from cover to cover.

The book also excels in its inclusion of numerous case studies and real-life examples, providing concrete illustrations of the principles and concepts explored. By examining specific incidents during the Anglo-Boer War, such as the capture and treatment of neutral ships, the seizure of neutral property, and the violation of neutral territory, Campbell brings the legal theories to life and demonstrates their real-world implications. This approach not only strengthens the author's arguments but also allows readers to understand the complexities of neutrality in practice.

However, a small drawback of this otherwise excellent work lies in its heavy reliance on legal terminology and concepts. This may pose a challenge for readers without prior knowledge of international law, as some passages may require additional research or clarification. Inclusion of a glossary or an introductory chapter summarizing key legal principles could have further enhanced the accessibility of this book.

In conclusion, Neutral Rights and Obligations in the Anglo-Boer War is an essential read for scholars, students, and anyone interested in international law and the history of neutrality. Campbell's meticulous research, clear analysis, and engaging writing style create a valuable resource that sheds light on a relatively unexplored aspect of the Anglo-Boer War. By examining the rights and responsibilities of neutral nations, the book not only enhances our understanding of this specific conflict but also contributes to broader discussions on the role of neutrals in times of war.

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This essay is the outgrowth of work done in the Political Science Seminary of the Johns Hopkins University and is a portion of a larger study dealing with the causes of the Anglo Boer War and the questions of international law arising during that conflict.

At the beginning of the war the English Government was inclined to view the contest as one which would not make it necessary to call into operation the neutrality laws of third parties. It was soon realized, however, that the condition of insurgency was not broad enough to sustain the relations between the two Governments. Toward the close of November Great Britain's declaration with a retroactive effect put the contest upon a distinctly belligerent basis and accepted the date of the Transvaal's ultimatum, 5 p.m., October 11, 1899, as the commencement of the war.

Other Powers which had awaited this announcement with some anxiety at once declared their attitude toward the war. Among the first to assume this neutral position was the United States with the announcement that its attitude would be in accordance with the requirements of the strictest neutrality.

It is the purpose of the first chapter to inquire how far these obligations were fulfilled by the United States Government, and in the second chapter the attitude of European Governments is considered... Continue reading book >>

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