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Ampie Muller Reviews The Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War by Elizabeth Van Heyningen

The Concentration Camps of the Anglo-Boer War: A Social HistoryVerdict: carrot

The history of the concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War was characterised by the suffering of Boer women and children, of whom 27 927 died (a disputed figure – lately the numbers have been revised considerably upwards).

This has been so deeply ingrained in the minds and consciousness of Afrikaners during the past 100-plus years that Boer descendants immediately perceive any attempt to look at this period objectively with great suspicion. But this was exactly what author Elizabeth van Heyningen set out to do.

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