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The savage empire : wars of the 19th century (2000)

by Ian Hernon

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"The Savage Empire" is book number two of his "Forgotten Wars" trilogy of small wars the British were involved in during the nineteenth century. Besides the fact it's sobering to think one needs three books to deal with the minor wars waged by Britian in a century, this is an important series for both the serious historian and the lay reader in learning of these obscure wars that thousands of people, some British troops but in the main locals who resented British presence, fought and died in.

Of the nine campaigns listed here (similar numbers are covered in Books One and Three), I had certainly known of the Black War in Tasmania, the Opium Wars in China and the Zanzibar War of 1896, known to history as the shortest war ever. The Capture and Loss of Buenos Aires in 1806-07 and the Benin Massacre of 1897 were certainly new to me and even if they are not news to you, Hernon's writing style inevitably leads you to tracking down Books One ("Massacre and Retribution") and Three ("Blood in the Sand"). ( )
  MiaCulpa | Aug 25, 2014 |
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For Pauline, Joanna, Kim, Barbara, Jimmy Jamie, Mary and Douglas.
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It is not my intention hear to chronicale the broad sweep of imperial history during the nineteenth century.
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'For every man they murder, hunt them down, and drop ten of them.'
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This text recounts the darker side of some of the forgotten colonial wars. These include the Opium War (1839-42) which shamed Britain and was fought to maintain the opium trade. Thousands died as British technology and warships hammered Chinese warriors on land and at sea. Also explored is the Benin Massacre (1897) wherein the murder of an unarmed British mission by a fetish king who practiced human sacrifice led to terrible retribution as an expeditionary force used machine guns to bloody effect. These are some of the stories from Britain's colonial past, which Ian Hernon reappraises. His narrative is interspersed with eyewitness accounts of the events described and with line drawings and illustrations from the Illustrated London News.

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