Reluctant Empire. British policy on the South African Frontier 1834-1854.


British policy on the South African frontier between 1834 and 1854 was a tragic failure.That failure,the author asserts,was not attributable to the villainy or blunders of men,but to the essential characteristics of British society and the nature of the South African problem.The early Victorians were tinged with humanitarianism and dominated by materialism;the combination in South Africa was disastrous.Here the facts are laid bare.

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H./b in clean boards,corners bumped and ends of spine a rather tatty d/w much worn and with some loss in various in a protective plastic cover.Size 9×6 pp 12+293,inc,index,bibliography,page maps,no plates text only.Hinges strong.Binding good to firm.A few pencilled notes in the margins.A few spots of foxing to the outside edges,only visible when closed.A name printed on the f/fep.Prelims a little hand-soiled .Otherwise internally nice and clean throughout. A poor–good clean copy.


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