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Selected Official Documents of the South African Republic and Great Britain A Documentary Perspective Of The Causes Of The War In South Africa   By: (1875-)

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In the book, Selected Official Documents of the South African Republic and Great Britain, Frederick C. Hicks delves into the causes and events that ultimately led to the South African War. By providing readers with a comprehensive collection of official documents, Hicks offers a unique and valuable perspective on this historical conflict.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is the meticulous research and selection of primary source materials. Hicks's attention to detail helps paint a clear picture of the conflicting perspectives held by both the South African Republic and Great Britain at the time. Through diplomatic correspondence, reports, and memoranda, readers gain a deeper understanding of the political climate and the factors that contributed to the outbreak of war.

Furthermore, Hicks's commentary and analysis offer invaluable insights into the motivations and actions of the different parties involved. His ability to contextualize the documents and highlight their significance adds depth and meaning to the narrative. This allows readers to form their own well-informed opinions about the causes and consequences of the South African War.

In addition to its scholarly value, the book is also highly accessible to a wide range of readers. Hicks's writing style is clear and concise, making the often complex and convoluted historical events easy to follow. Moreover, the inclusion of introductory chapters provides essential background information, ensuring that even those unfamiliar with the topic can engage with the material.

However, one possible criticism of this book is its heavy reliance on British sources. While it is understandable given the nature of the conflict, it would have been beneficial to have more diverse perspectives included. This would have provided a more well-rounded understanding of the South African War and avoided potential biases that may arise from a one-sided presentation of events.

In conclusion, Selected Official Documents of the South African Republic and Great Britain offers readers a valuable and insightful documentary perspective on the causes of the South African War. Hicks's rigorous research, thoughtful commentary, and accessible writing style make this book a must-read for anyone interested in understanding this important period in history. While there might be a lack of diversity in the sources, the overall presentation and analysis make it a valuable addition to the study of the South African War.

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A documentary perspective of the causes of the war in South Africa.



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The universal interest in the affairs of the South African Republic is responsible for the idea that a selection of documents illustrative of the South African controversy will be appreciated by American readers. The documents which are here reprinted are by no means unobtainable; but, to the general reader, they have been hitherto quite inaccessible. Only the largest public libraries have the proper sources of information, and even with these books at hand the student has been forced to delve in a mass of irrelevant material for the hidden object of his desire.

The present compilation has been made in the hope of meeting the immediate demands of the public. To avoid cumbersomeness, many important documents have necessarily been omitted; yet as far as possible, the editors have given a complete series of documents. The arrangement is partly chronological, and we hope altogether logical. Commencing with the London Convention of 1884, which defines the status of the South African Republic in its relations with Great Britain, we follow with the revised Constitution of 1889, and its complementary law of June 23, 1890, which granted representation in a second Volksraad to burghers of two years' standing... Continue reading book >>

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