The Victorian Soldier in Africa (Studies in Imperialism) (Hardcover)
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 utilizes an unprecedented 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 book provides commentary on soldiers' views of commanding officers and politicians alongside assessment of war correspondents, colonial auxiliaries and African natives in their roles as bearers, allies and enemies.
Edward Spiers is Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Leeds.